Scam alert: Change your eBay passwords

eBay has issued a statement urging its 145 million active users to change their passwords after a recent cyber attack.

The call has come after a database containing encrypted passwords, customer names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and date of birth information was subject to the hack.

"Our company recently discovered a cyberattack that comprised a small number of employee log in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network," a statement from eBay said.

"As a result, a database containing encrypted password and other non-financial data was compromised.  

"There is no evidence of the compromise affecting accounts for Paypal users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to personal, financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats.  The company is asking all eBay users to change their passwords."