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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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By Oregonian2 on 9/5/2007 6:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
Your browser brought your machine to a reboot?


By marsbound2024 on 9/6/2007 2:45:34 PM , Rating: 2
No, not likely (was using Firefox as well). My machine is decent enough (Athlon 64 3800+ single core--I have Socket 939--1024MB RAM, XP SP2 with all the updates, 7600GT, 3.0GBps 250GB HDD, Avast, Comodo Firewall, Adaware and other software with all the updates)... sure not the best, but since I keep my computer maintained, it usually does not pose any problems. I am thinking that a hacker/virus had perhaps made my computer restart or it was otherwise a very unfortunate coincidence.

PS: Yes I know my specs aren't that great really considering, but it is not miserable enough to be so sad that indeed my browser itself would have brought my machine to a reboot.

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