Hackers Break Into eBay?
Last week, I was reading speculation that hackers had been able to break into eBay in order to get user names, passwords and email addresses. Today I found something that might show these hackers are getting into eBay.
Much of this speculation is due to the fake second chance offers. If you haven't seen one, they look like they came through the eBay system. People think hackers are getting into eBay because there is no way anyone can get the email addresses of losing bidders.
In fact eBay kind of admitted there was a problem last month when they started hiding the user ids of bidders when an auction went above $200. Many people are calling this the "Shill Bidder Protection Policy," but my biggest gripe is I can no longer see what others are bidding on.
Anyway, I don't know if hackers are invading eBay to capture email addresses for their fake second chance emails or not. However, I do know there is a serious eBay security breech.
Today I found a bunch of auctions listed by a seller who is not an eBay user. EBay cancels auctions and bids when a user is suspended. Once you are suspended, you cannot bid or list new items.
Or at least most of us cannot, but this seller obviously figured out a way to do it. I don't know how he managed it, but I did shoot a quick video showing the auction and a few of the sellers other auctions.
Here's the video. . .
is now available for immediate download.
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