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

If the Monster.com 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: This is what (probably) gave me my headache!
By geeg on 9/6/2007 12:29:36 AM , Rating: 3
I have been using ebay/paypal since 1998 for my business.
ebay or paypal does not protect anything. All of their "protection" are such conditions where a protection would not be needed in the first place. The other situations, they do not protect the seller.
ebay/paypal charge A LOT. In return they do not offer much protection. And if you think about the service, it is a web service anyways. Charging %5 for that??
There is a reason why the owner of ebay is one the top billionaires.
If there was an alternative like eGoogle I would switch right away.


By Misty Dingos on 9/6/2007 7:58:37 AM , Rating: 3
And what makes you think that eGoogle would be any cheaper or kinder to sellers? At last check it seemed to me that given the chance google would take over the world if it could.


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