Is eBay Leaking Information?

from the just-wondering... dept

The Associated Press has a story about a man who’s been indicted for getting his hands on a bunch of eBay accounts, including credit card info, and using those accounts to purchase $32,000 worth of gift certificates. Yet another eBay scam isn’t that interesting, of course, but what’s unclear from the article here is exactly how this guy got the info. The article says: “he hacked into online auctioneer eBay Inc.’s site, stole users’ credit card numbers and then used them.” That would imply that there’s a problem on eBay’s end, and they have some sort of security hole that this guy exploited. If that’s the case, it’s an issue that eBay might want to address, because it could put other people at risk. However, the article barely focuses on that part at all, so it’s possible that this was a more typical scam (phishing, perhaps) that allowed the guy to get account info and credit cards. Still, it would be nice to know whether or not others are at risk.


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Pat says:

Re: No Subject Given

I know from personal experience that ebay must have some kind of hole and they refuse to admit it. In late November, I had a bunch of auctions for high end electronics stuff just appear on my seller’s list one morning. They were NOT my auctions. Thank goodness the scammer didn’t change my password soI wasable to still sign in and get to safe harborlive help to get it sorted out. Ebay didn’t even ask me which item numbers were the problem. They disappeared in a flash. I had to jump through all kinds of hoops to get everything sorted out, but it got resolved pretty fast. I know for a fact that I had not clicked on a phishing email….I’m super careful…..so how did the crook hack my account ???????About a week later another seller I know had the same thing happen. I believe it is muchmore common than we know!

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: ebay hole and fraud

check for a “dell xps laptop” and you will many 1 day listing with a seperate email in the listing. if you email them they will offer you a sweet price if you pay via western union.
you’ll see many sellers selling the same items under the same “email me for buy it now price, pay via western union.” scam

ebay definitely has a fraud problem.

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