24 Jul 2014

eBay Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Security Breach

eBay company is facing a class action lawsuit over a data breach in May this year, on the grounds that the company failed to ensure the protection of the identity of all its customers, according to PCWorld.

Collin Green, a Louisiana-state citizen, filed the suit, saying eBay's failure to protect the data “has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage to its customers, the putative class members herein.”

“The thieves had access to, and reportedly copied, customer names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth, at a minimum."

The company announced the data breach in May and was aware of it since February.

“eBay’s profit-driven decision to withhold the fact of its security lapse further damaged the class members who were prevented from immediately mitigating the damages from the theft," the complaint argues, citing eBay's delayed announcement of the breach.

eBay has not yet commented on the suit.