Auctionsbytes reports that Vladuz the Romanian hacker is back on eBay. eBay themselves have confirmed that he was able to gain access to “a very small number” of accounts, which he then suspended. There’s some indication that he targetted those who have been critical of him on eBay message boards: one user for example received an email quoting his own post wishing that Vladuz would get caught, with the comment “Oh ya? F*** you.” Another received an email saying “Stop saying sh*t stuff about me, a**hole” which was signed by Vladuz: when she tried to sign into her eBay account, she received an alert that it had been suspended due to seller non-performance issues.
eBay spokesperson Nichola Sharpe said that “the fraudster did this by accessing externally visible servers not by hacking into the eBay site.” There’s no indication of what other information may have been on these servers, though eBay did work very quickly to restore the accounts: most seem to have been returned to their owners within an hour, and eBay are now contacting those affected to reassure them that their information is secure. Nichola said “at no point did the fraudster get any access to financial information or other sensitive information.”