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Authorities in US, Europe to formally probe eBay over security breach

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Following the security breach that led to theft of data of millions of its customers, eBay is going to be formally investigated in the US and Europe, authorities in both the regions have revealed.

Attorneys General in Connecticut, Florida and Illinois have announced that they will be launching a joint investigation into the breach soon. Further, authorities in Europe have also revealed that they are expecting answers from eBay concerning the security lapse and theft of data thereof.

“The magnitude of the reported eBay data breach could be of historic proportions, and my office is part of a group of other attorneys general in the country investigating the matter,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement.

“We must do everything in our power to protect consumers’ personal information.”

In an official statement from the office of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said that there are approximately 660,000 active users on eBay from Connecticut. Attorney General Jepsen said that they will be looking into the circumstances surrounding the breach and that steps that eBay has taken to prevent future occurrences.

Authorities on the other side of the Atlantic ocean including those from Luxembourg and UK have also revealed that they are monitoring the situation.

Head of Luxembourg’s privacy watchdog Gerard Lommel said that they will be deciding on whether to launch a formal investigation over the data breach by next week.

Same is the case with UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham who revealed in a blog post that he is looking into the situation with a view of launching a formal investigation.

EBay has already stated officially that it has reached out to relevant authorities will continue to cooperate.