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A massive brute force attack, lasting for more than a week, threatens to compromise eBay's userbase

If the compromise last week got you down, wait until the full details of eBay's current battle come to full light.  It's not been publically confirmed by eBay representatives, but the company is at war with a zombie network.

According to an interview with security experts on eWEEK, the botnet is hammering away at eBay in an attempt to brute force its way into accounts with financial and personal information. Aladdin Knowledge Systems claims this attack has been underway for at least one week.


The zombie infection itself seems to be very complex and designed to be loaded in pieces. Apparently 300 or so infected websites are disseminating the virus to visitors that use those websites. The virus then goes out to the web and pulls several pieces of information it needs to attack the eBay accounts.

Aladdin Knowledge Systems claims there are 4 or 5 stages to the Virus to gather everything it needs to launch and participate in the attack. It is currently unknown how many machines are infected and participating in this attack.  Aladdin Knowledge Systems first noticed the botnet attack when it was discovered by their eSafe SecureSurfing product that is marketed to ISP's to monitor and filter infected websites.


Additional details, including any database compromises, have not been disclosed.

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RE: myspace as well
By FITCamaro on 9/5/2007 5:16:10 PM , Rating: 5
To me myspace is a plague upon mankind. I won't even click on a link to a friends myspace account.

RE: myspace as well
By Master Kenobi on 9/5/2007 6:01:18 PM , Rating: 3
To me myspace is a plague upon mankind.

I agree. I won't touch anything remotely associated with myspace.

RE: myspace as well
By marsbound2024 on 9/5/2007 6:08:46 PM , Rating: 3
I agree a bit. I used to use Myspace but now it is so BLOATED (like Creative's software packages with Audigy or budget computers and their AOL and etc BS) and disorganized. It's pretty much yuck. Users put WAY too much "bling" on their websites that makes it a pain to browse. I prefer the simplistic and functional style of Facebook.

RE: myspace as well
By Lazarus Dark on 9/5/2007 6:27:18 PM , Rating: 4
I finally caved a couple weeks ago an got a myspace after resisting for so long. I still hate myspace. But it's free and all the bands that I like, that's the only place to get samples of their music and contact them. It serves a purpose I'm afraid. I tried Facebook, but I hate it, mostly cause it's less anonymous.

But the amount of spam on myspace is ridiculous. And last week, one of my friends accounts was hacked and they sent out links to virus sites to everyone.

RE: myspace as well
By Gul Westfale on 9/6/2007 12:26:19 AM , Rating: 1
To me myspace is a plague upon mankind.


RE: myspace as well
By animedude on 9/6/2007 1:23:19 AM , Rating: 2
That is why we have the upstart of o mighty facebook

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