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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 530 - May 02, 2003 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 2

eBay Hires Cyber Security Guru

By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes.com
May 02, 2003




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eBay confirmed that it has hired Howard Schmidt as Vice President, Security. "I can't say more about his specific duties or projects until he gets here," said eBay spokesperson Chris Donlay. "He will, of course, work closely with all related departments such as IT, trust & safety, legal, etc. We're thrilled to have him on board."

Schmidt comes to eBay from United States President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board where he was involved with homeland cyber security. Prior to this position, Schmidt was the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corporation where he oversaw the Security Strategies group, and before that, he was a Supervisory Special Agent, Director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare.

Schmidt has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet activity, and he speaks regularly in the fields of computer forensics and information assurance.

The announcement of Schmidt's hiring comes 1 day after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and 29 state Attorneys General launched a law enforcement crackdown targeting Internet auction scams.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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