Expired domains expose eBay security glitch

Friday, 16 May 2003, 11:32 AM EST

eBay's security was called into question twice this week as separate sources reported loopholes in the "log-in" system that allowed hackers to gain access to users' accounts.

The first report, by Europe's largest computer magazine COMPUTERBILD, charges a vulnerability exists involving the "secret" security question eBay users set up when first registering on the site. The secret question is used if a person has forgotten their password, and purportedly includes a question that only the user would know, such as a pet's name.

COMPUTERBILD reports that they were able to quickly find instances where the answer to the secret question was included in a user's "About Me" page.

The second eBay log-in vulnerability was discovered this week by AuctionBytes and confirmed by two Internet security experts.

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