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Wed Nov 2 2011 15:20:05

eBay Hacker Vladuz Gets Suspended Sentence

By: Ina Steiner

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Long time readers will remember the notorious hacker Vladuz, the only hacker eBay has ever acknowledged to breaching servers. According to the Agence France Presse, a Romanian court handed a three-year suspended sentence to Vlad Duiculescu for "fraudulently and repeatedly" accessing eBay's accounts from 2005-2007, causing the company losses estimated at two million dollars.

The hacker calling himself "Vladuz" had harassed eBay with his public taunting from December 2006 through October 2007, when he accessed eBay servers and gained limited access to a very small number of eBay accounts on the eBay.com site. (eBay said at the time that at no point did the fraudster get any access to financial information or other sensitive information.).

Vladuz had been able to post messages on eBay discussion boards using the pink designation reserved for eBay employees, and at one point eBay closed its Trust & Safety discussion board for hours after threads began appearing listing the names and addresses of eBay members.

The same year, some members who had been publicly critical of Vladuz claimed he had briefly locked them out of eBay and had sent them an email to prove it.

According to the AFP report, prosecutors said the 23-year old Duiculescu was the hacker known as Vladuz and had spent nearly two years in prison awaiting trial before being released in January 2010. The Romanian court handed down the suspended sentence on Wednesday.




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by: anyone out there

Wed Nov 2 15:26:52 2011

I see the courts over there work like our.

Pat on the head with a warning to please please don't do that again. HA HA

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Wed Nov 2 16:22:19 2011

Maybe the sentence included "time served" as he has already been in the clink for two years waiting for his trial.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Tula

Wed Nov 2 20:00:00 2011

"ebay's accounts"
"ausing the company losses estimated at two million dollars"

Um, was it ebay's accounts or accounts belonging to sellers? And did ebay lose $2 million or was it the poor sellers stuck holding the bag?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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by: 4d4mbr0wn

Thu Nov 3 06:24:44 2011

Covering your damn face won't prevent us from posting your face.  Where's your taunts, fool.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Doc
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Thu Nov 3 13:16:10 2011

I thought Vladuz was released in September? Can't read Romanian too well anyway. But here is a good photo of the guy.

http://www.vladuz.info/2011/09/01/vladuz-ebays-hacker-from
-hell-released-from-prison/#.TrLKOHJbXSg

As
far as the damage that was done to eBay, I'm surprised they admitted what they did. Must have been investigative costs. Sending Rob Chesnut to Romania couldn't have been cheep!

Vladuz literally tore eBay into pieces hacking auctions by the thousands! I'm sure eBay's sellers lost a ton, not counting the buyers that sent payment for non existent goods by Western Union!

http://www.vladuz.info/scams.htm

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Thu Nov 3 17:29:50 2011

I suspect a significant portion of their alleged $2M loss paid the overtime to the employees involved in ebafia's massive denials and cover ups and for new spit and bailing wire for their 'security.'

As usual, ebafia's incompetence and (continuing) lack of sufficient security helped to defraud both buyers and sellers.

Today, ebafia itself defrauds us all with NO help from Vladuz.

Ebafia: another evil corporation that embodies all that's wrong with this country.

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by: Major_LOL_Time

Thu Nov 3 19:40:21 2011

I haven't laughed this hard since the day after they found Mussolini's brain for sale on ebay.

Sure, I believe the entire Vladuz saga.







And monkeys fly out of my ...

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by: flashback fun!

Fri Nov 4 11:54:15 2011

I always found Vladuz rather entertaining, especially because it was just ebay he screwed with and they HATED him... lol :D

The kid saw how evil ebay was, even back then... I give him major props for pissing them off! lol :D

I wish him all the best for the future ;)

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by: Cloud

Fri Nov 4 12:13:03 2011

"...began appearing listing the names and addresses of eBay members."

That wasn't all he posted. Some members had their ss# and credit card #'s posted before eBay pulled the thread down.

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by: anonymous

Fri Nov 4 13:56:29 2011

Credit card numbers were also posted. Many were later shown to be VALID!

And it took eBay well over an hour to shut the board down.

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by: Kay

Fri Nov 4 15:07:22 2011

Are you sure they got the right Vladuz?
http://www.squidoo.com/Vladuz_and_eBay

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by: GabbyT

Fri Nov 4 15:07:41 2011

I need his address so I can send Christmas presents

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by: ANN

Sun Nov 6 12:32:28 2011

I was one of the people, whose eBay account was hacked by Vladuz, so I don't find it funny
at all. I had over 200 listings up and was actually listing more, when suddenly, all of my items
were gone and instead, there were bicycles listed for sale.

Back then, you could contact eBay by phone easily and they closed my account immediately.
BUT it then took 7 months, to get refunds for all the fees I paid, for the deleted listings. There
was no consideration for me having to relist everything and the time it took, to do so. Not even
an “I’m sorry”, from eBay.

EBay knew all about Vladuz but he was smarter than anyone, they had on their payroll, so his
hacking continued, long after my account was hacked. They should have been held responsible
for the havoc Vladuz caused, since they allowed their site to be vulnerable and couldn't stop him.

I am livid that the “so called” courts allowed him to skate, with only probation. IF you still sell on
eBay, he will start again and you may be his next victim.

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by: too many to count

Tue Nov 8 12:12:20 2011

There were so many ppl hacking into ebay at that time, I highly doubt it was all Vladuz (thus the weak sentence). Many accounts have been hijacked while Vladuz was in prison -- and still are -- and many were hacked prior to his appearance. Ebay has security about as sturdy as wet rice paper. (kind of like their morals)

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by: Fruity This user has validated their user name.

Wed Nov 9 21:47:14 2011

Vladuz made public the security flaws in ebays system, what the media felt compelled to BURY all these years. For how long did people suspect that are credentials were being compromised when it went through a 3rd party pass through. If it weren't for people like him, this company would still be using fraud as a business model and not fixing ANYTHING



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