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Hackers Post Names, Credit Card Info on eBay

Auction site says incident is a hack, not a leak

Users who went to eBay's "Trust & Safety" fraud prevention forum yesterday got a little surprise: Someone had posted the names, addresses, and credit card information of some 1,200 current subscribers on the site.

No, it wasn't an accidental leak from eBay's customer database, according to a report. The information was posted by a hacker who apparently stole the data in a phishing attack.

The attacker, who prefaced a number of postings with "Wheeeeeeeeeeee," posted legitimate names and addresses of eBay users via a script that published about 15 names a minute. However, eBay says it has checked the posted credit card data against its records for each of the users, and it turned out to be fake. The auction site is notifying each of the individuals, so that they can check to see if any of the data is valid.

EBay has temporarily blocked community postings to the Trust & Safety forum and posted a warning to all members.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

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