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Ebay Hacked—Time To Change Your Password

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EbayTarget, Neiman Marcus, Michael’s — these days, it seems that cyber attacks on major retail chains are par for the course. Target receives the dubious distinction of being the victim of the biggest retail hack in U.S. history, but that victory for hackers seems to have encouraged others to keep it going. Now, another major corporation has joined the ranks of the hacked, and this one may be the biggest of all: Ebay.

Before you read any further, you might want to head over to Ebay and reset your password. I just did, though, given that I made an Ebay purchase this morning in the name of blog-writing procrastination, I can’t say I’m feeling terribly comfortable about it. In a blog post, Ebay is encouraging its 233 million users to do the same, citing a “cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.” Hmm…well, aren’t those encrypted passwords linked directly to financial data, such as credit cards stored on user accounts? According to Ebay, no. The company says it has “no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats.” Apparently, the database hacked did contain customer information, like phone numbers, birth dates, email addresses, passwords, etc., but the other database containing all the financial information wasn’t compromised. Boy, I hope that’s true.

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When Space Money Exists, Paypal Will Already Be There To Transfer It

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paypalAt this point, while space tourism is slowly moving forward, it isn’t obvious if we’ll ever make it to Mars, given just how pricey a trip it’ll be. But what if NASA figures out how to raise all of the money needed, and then decides that we have to actually be on Mars before any money can change hands? What do we do then?

If that sounds like a stupid problem, it’s because it is, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t already a solution for it. The Paypal Galactic initiative will begin on Thursday, aiming to put some of the space industry’s top thinkers together in order to figure out the proper way to commercialize space. I guess they didn’t take into consideration that commercializing space isn’t entirely necessary, or that they’re Paypal and they can barely function at full capacity when handling money down here on Earth. And anyway, we just found out how to convert money into sci-fi denominations, so why should we trust these guys?