Hacker Breaks Into eBay Server, Locks Users Out
A malicious hacker broke into an eBay server last week and temporarily suspended the accounts of a "very small" number of members, the company said.
A malicious hacker broke into an eBay Inc. server on Friday and temporarily suspended the accounts of a "very small" number of members, the company said.
"We were able to block the fraudster quickly before any permanent damage had been done. At no point did the fraudster get any access to financial information or other sensitive information," eBay spokeswoman Nichola Sharpe said via e-mail.
EBay has "secured and restored" the affected accounts and is calling the affected users, she said, without specifying how many accounts the hacker accessed and tinkered with.
"The fraudster did this by accessing externally visible servers, not by hacking into the eBay site," Sharpe said.
She didn't immediately reply to follow up questions from IDG News Service seeking clarification on what is an "externally visible" server and how it's different from an eBay site server.
EBay faces attacks to compromise its systems "every day," Sharpe said. "After learning of the recent situation, we quickly reacted to it," she said.