Romanian Hacker Broadcasts eBay Customer Accounts

 
 
By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-03-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Born_To_Scam_American_Guys" posted valid SSNs, credit card numbers and ATM pins after saying that Romanian boys are learning how to scam people while American and Canadian boys "eat burgers at McDolnalds and watch naked girls on interne

eBay has confirmed that, early on the morning of March 8 EST, an alleged Romanian hacker calling himself "Born_To_Scam_American_Guys" posted records for 15 eBay users on an eBay forum for between 40-60 minutes before the company removed them.

The posts were put up on the Trust & Safety board. According to other forum members who claimed to have taken part in the discussion and begged eBay to take down the information, the hacker signed in under a hijacked account and began taunting others, with the final result being the posting of the 15 accounts.
According to Firemeg.com, a site dedicated to eBay watching, the post that kicked it all off appeared at 1:52 EST on the forum. The initial post, according to Firemeg.com, reads:
"read many opinions here.... All I saw its just [misspelled obscenity]....Alot of things about scamms..stupid things I think. Romanian guys are the best boys !!!! We are in each country...each city...and every day alot of money from your pocket intro in pur bank accounts....You know why ?? I will tell you my opinion...because you are so stupid ..... anyone can scam you very easy....not only with fake escrow and shipping websites.... "For us nothing is not imposibile....Paypal...bank accounts...credit cards...spam....wire transfers... alot of things boys !!! WHy ??? Because we are the best !!!! Lets ask you something : what make the american and canadian boys at 14-15 years old ????? Eat burgers at McDolnalds and watch naked girls on internet porno webpages.... Romanian guys at 14-15 years old scam people...learn how to build a profesional website....how to hack a internet server...and many more another "bad" things.... Click here to read about a recent Trojan hidden in a phishing e-mail that uses legitimate eBay auction slide shows to lure victims.
"Me , personally , receive every day between 1000 and 5000 eBay accounts from spam and hack.... Is so easy to stolen your eBay account and your Paypal.....is just a funny game for us....... Go to www.nopaypal.com and read the forum.... Romanian guys scam last year 10 milions sellers and buyers from USA and Canada with Paypal accounts....How ??? Paypal is very safe.... Good joke.... Is safe only in your dream boys.....!!!! HE HE HE !!!!!!!! "Lets me say you a unreal thing.... Is much easy to scam with Paypal....Westen Union is a little complicate now to scam....the police are very carefful with Western Union offices.... Last thing : Why big companies from internet market want only romanian guys to work for them ????? Because WE ARE THE BEST !!!!!!!!! Author : Born_To_Scam_American_Guys" According to Firemeg.com, shortly after the above posting was removed from eBay, Born_To_Scam_American_Guys posted another post, entitled: "Smart Americans." "This time rather than brag or taunt, he simply provided proof that he does indeed have access to the information he referred to and the ability to use it," said Firemeg.coms posting. The posting that ensued included Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, credit card verification numbers, bank account and routing numbers, ATM PIN numbers, mothers maiden names, birth dates, drivers license numbers, as well as home addresses and full contact information. Catherine England, a spokeswoman for eBay, said that only half the accounts were legitimate. The other half looked like fraudulent accounts based on verification information that didnt clear eBays verification process, she said. As for the half that were legitimate eBay accounts, eBay was in the process of contacting the victims as of Friday, March 9, 7:40 p.m. EST. Some of the victims eBay had managed to contact by that time said that all of the information posted about them was accurate, while others noted some inaccuracies, England said. Next Page: Information revealed not from eBay.



 
 
 
 
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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