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article imageeBay login details being sold online in wake of hack attack

By James Walker     Jun 1, 2014 in Technology
An investigation set up by UK newspaper, The Sun on Sunday, claims to have found scammers selling credentials of affected eBay users in the wake of the recent attack against the company where details of over 233 million customers were stolen.
The issue with identities being sold is complicated as they could be used for any number of purposes. Accounts with good customer ratings may be used by scammers to sell dodgy goods without attracting attention or they could be used to ruin the name of the account holder. In either case, it is identity theft against the user and could be devastating.
The investigation noted that one hacker was offering 1,000 UK eBay accounts with entirely positive feedback for £24.93 each whilst another would sell 'unlimited' usernames and accompanying passwords for £2,100. The report does not indicate where these offers were advertised but it is likely to be on a secure website accessible only to hackers through systems such as the Tor Network.
eBay is going to be investigated by Information Commissions on both sides of the Atlantic over the ways in which they stored user details prior to the attack which took place earlier this year. The already hugely-devastating attack looks to be developing into something even worse now that logins are being actively sold online though. If you have ignored the advice to change your password for the site until now then you should do so immediately or you may end up seeing your account being advertised for sale.
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