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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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Alternate Authentication for Paypal users
By NARC4457 on 9/6/2007 1:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
Paypal has an option for you to buy a rolling code authentication key fob for $5.00. As you log in, you must provide the code as well.

This should prevent any password harvesting virus from having access to your paypal account.

I wish I could have this for all my financial accounts...




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