Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON — The famous online commerce website, eBay, saw a cyberattack affect at least 145 million users.

ebay new logoReuters reported that the company urged 145 million users to change their passwords to the e-commerce website and platform.

The cyberattack took place three months ago and involved the theft of e-mail addresses, encrypted passwords, birth dates, mailing address and other information. No financial information files were compromised, eBay said.

There was no evidence, eBay said, of hackers gaining unauthorized access to financial or credit card information on the PayPal payments system. PayPal encrypts and stores its financial data separately.

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  • “eBay “database” up for sale after hack”

    “Channel NewsAsia called up some of the local numbers and found them to be genuine.”

    “An eBay spokesman adds: “The published lists we have checked are not authentic eBay accounts.””

    Hmmm, now who should we believe?

    Fortunately, we can always tell when an eBay or “PreyPal” spokesperson is being disingenuous—their lips are moving! …

  • I wonder, apart from the AGM, and the furious bailing required to keep the rusting old scow afloat, what else has been going on at eBay between February and May?

    Then, we have to appreciate that there is little intelligent life on planet eBay at or below the executive suite level. Most of the communications (both voice and certainly email) you have with eBay are undoubtedly with computer algorithms, and not very smart ones at that; so, one has to presume that even any regular algorithmic analysis by eBay of their communications logs is woeful and that anyone of any intelligence only glances at these logs maybe once every quarter; frankly, I suspect that we are lucky that eBay has even noticed that they have been hacked, for if there is a log of such hacking, why did they not notice it immediately and notify stakeholders promptly? And that’s a rhetorical question, no need to offer an answer …

    eBay Inc, where the incompetent mingle with the malevolent and the criminal …

  • “Is that online bargain a deal, or a steal?”

    ‘An eBay spokesman said the company has dedicated teams to mitigate listings of stolen property and other fraud. “We utilize a combination of sophisticated detection tools, enforcement and strong relationships with brand owners, retailers and law enforcement agencies to effectively combat fraudulent activity and present our customers with a safe, trusted shopping experience,” he said.’

    And if you can believe that statement you are capable of believing absolutely anything. Indeed that disingenuous statement is, in itself, a “fraud” on consumers who will unwittingly likely buy a stolen good or think that they may get a good deal on an eBay nominal-start auction that will most likely be infested with the seller’s shill bidding.

    It can be demonstrated that eBay does little or nothing to mitigate fraud, nor the selling of stolen goods. If they where interested in doing anything about stolen goods they would, at the very least, require that the serial number be required in a listing for any good that carries such a number—and you can be sure that eBay will never apply such a requirement voluntarily; it would too greatly impede their revenue from the sale of such stolen goods …