|Sat Feb 1 2014 17:04:02|
eBay UK Hacked?
By: Ina Steiner
Mashable says the Syrian Electronic Army is claiming it hacked eBay and PayPal websites, using MarkMonitor to allow it to "replace the homepages of eBay and PayPal in France, Israel and the UK with its own logo."
See update below for eBay's statement.
A user on the eBay UK forums posted on 01-02-2014 05:47 PM (eBay UK time), ""has any member had this when clicking on ebay today "Hacked by the electronic syrian army.""
Someone responded with a link to another thread where a poster wrote, "has ebay been hacked by the free syrian army. or is it my pc ......" and another replied, "Not just you, I took a screen grab of it. Only seems to be ebay.co.uk earlier today. Shows Syrian army slogan and stars, very worrying they can hack such a promenant website."
Another user on the eBay UK boards posted today, "Anyone else getting an error page when trying to get onto ebay? Been like this for over an hour now!" and displaying a screenshot showing "Default Website Page."
Someone replied, "From a couple of other posts I think there might have been a DOS attack by the Syrian electronic army sometime today."
Mashable says a representative from the hacking group told the publication it did not target users' account information but rather was in protest of the company.
We've got an inquiry into eBay and PayPal and will update this story as we learn more.
Update 2/1/14: eBay spokesperson Ryan Moore emailed the following statement:
"For a brief period today, a very limited number of people visiting certain PayPal and eBay marketing pages in the UK, France and India were redirected. The issue was quickly detected and resolved. No customer data was accessed by these redirects, and no customer accounts were affected. We take the security and privacy of our customers very seriously and are actively investigating the reasons behind the temporary redirects."