Articles about Ebay

Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

A slew of Silicon Valley leaders have warned US Congress that changes to visa waiver rules for entering the United States are impeding business. The open letter is signed by more than 30 industry heads including the chairmen, CEOs and founders of Twitter, Paypal, Uber, Pixar, Dropbox, Zynga, Pinterest and eBay, among others. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016

No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

It's no secret that women tend to be paid less than men across many professions, and now researchers say the pay gap even extends to goods sold online. A pair of academics in Israel studying eBay auction results over a three-year period found that when selling the same items, both new and used, female sellers got a lower …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2016
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We're four years away from digitising England's courts – report

An ambitious new report proposes digitising all court processes in England and Wales within four years - but this, as the report itself recognises, will require significant behavioural changes from practitioners if it is to come to fruition. In the biggest shake-up of the court system since the Woolf Reforms in the late 1990s …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Feb 2016
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Idiot e-tailers falling for fake patch that exploits year-old Magento hole

Malware researcher Denis Sinegubko says attackers are compromising and stealing credit cards from online shops that run on eBay's Magento platform by masquerading as an applied patch for a nasty bug in a bid to hide from admins. The dangerous "shoplift" bug patched last year is a remote code execution hole that turns hackers …
Darren Pauli, 16 Feb 2016

Skype users were targeted by bad-ad pushing Angler crooks

Cybercrooks have been caught running booby-trapped ads on Skype to redirect users towards an Angler exploit kit trap. The tactic, part of a broader malvertising campaign, shows that users can be exposed to malicious ads pushing ransomware and other crud without even using a browser-based app, the most common exploit route. …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2016
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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

FTDI's CEO Fred Dart has given a rare interview to explain that the company's sometimes-unpopular anti-counterfeiting practices are part of a fightback against a professional Chinese knock-off operation. Adafruit scored the chat, which is published here. Scotland-based FTDI ran into users' ire last year when people found its …
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2016 tech shakeout starts with CxO exodus

Analysis The rumblings of over-priced tech stocks, made real last month in above-market share falls, have started hitting home with a series of high-profile exits this week. Gone are Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad, Imagination Technologies CEO Hossein Yassaie, Yelp CFO Rob Krolik and Paypal CTO James Barrese. All resigned, although it has …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2016

Alibaba security fail: Brute-force bonanza yields 21m logins

Up to 21 million accounts on Alibaba e-commerce site TaoBao may have been compromised thanks to stolen credentials reused on breached third-party sites. TaoBao is a seller-to-seller commerce site like Gumtree or eBay where users rely on reputation to secure the most sales. Reuters reports that China's Ministry of Public …
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2016

Disputed eBay platform vuln poses ‘severe risk’ to tat bazaar's users

A vulnerability in eBay’s online sales platform creates a mechanism for crooks to sling malware or run phishing campaigns. The vulnerability allowed hackers to bypass eBay’s code validation mechanisms, thereby allowing them to push malicious Javascript code towards targeted eBay users. If the flaw is left unpatched, eBay’s …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2016

Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

Review Riding the twisties on a motorbike is the great escape for some of us; the scent of the air, the rush of wind, the push through the corners, and the sound of the engine. But it's not always an escape. The daily commute on a straight-as-a-board freeway is not much better than the bus, and it can be irritating to try to talk to …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jan 2016

Which tech stocks are suffering and – crucially – why?

Analysis With the stock markets on a slide since the start of the year, the usual game of over-hyping companies that are doing well has flipped and now the game is to give companies – particularly tech stocks – a good kicking on the way down. Much of the current frenzy appears built around Twitter, which is having a bad year, and the …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2016
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Facebook tries to defend its troubling masterplan to own India's internet

Facebook has provided a passionate defense of its controversial Free Basics program and its approach of "zero rating." In the 19-page response [PDF] to a public consultation on the practice of "differential pricing for data usage" run by India's telco regulator TRAI, the social media giant argues that programs like Free Basics …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jan 2016
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SwiftStack CPO: 'If you take a filesystem and bolt on an object API'... it's upside down

Interview Open source OpenStack-focused, object storage startup SwiftStack has has early involvement with Seagate’s object storage-focussed Kinetic disk drives, the ones needing server-resident software to manage their IO. We had an email conversation with Joe Arnold, the founder, president and chief product officer of SwiftStack, about …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2016
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If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

Art students – or at least those at the University of Northern Iowa – are the most likely to know how to permanently delete data from USB drives, while business or humanities students don't even try. That's one amusing conclusion of a serious study, led by the US university's Sarah Diesburg, into how people treat the security …

Security bod watches heart data flow from her pacemaker to doctor via ... er, SMS? 3G? Email?

A computer security researcher has probed the communication protocols used by her pacemaker – and hopes her findings will raise awareness of just how much info medical devices are emitting. Marie Moe received her pacemaker four years ago after she experienced a form of arrhythmia, and her heart began to slow. Soon after, she …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jan 2016

Sellers on Amazon and eBay 'defraud taxman of millions of pounds' - claims peer

Amazon and eBay have been accused of "collaborating with hundreds of overseas retailers to defraud the taxman of millions of pounds every day," during a House of Lords debate on the question of VAT evasion by overseas online retailers. Lord Lucas, who brought the debate, said: "It seems that HMRC has been very slow in its …
Kat Hall, 23 Dec 2015
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Why NetApp shouldn’t buy Solidfire

Comment An analyst tells me Solidfire’s technology and locations both have inherent limitations that will prevent its product business from scaling. The first point, says the analyst, is that its technology over-optimises for capacity, via deduplication, and it doesn’t have enough resources left to process and manage its metadata. …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2015

Patch now! Joomla attacked in remote code execution blitzkrieg

Joomla has slung a patch to crush a critical eight-year-old remote code execution vulnerability under active exploitation by attackers. Sucuri threat man Daniel Cid says hundreds of attacks are now taking place having ramped up from a mere handful Saturday. "This is a serious vulnerability that can be easily exploited and is …
Darren Pauli, 15 Dec 2015

50c buys you someone else's password for Netflix, Spotify or ...

Criminals are selling 'lifetime' Netflix, HBO, and cable sports streaming accounts for less than US$10 on sites hidden within Tor. Premium sports accounts sell for about $10 while streaming TV can be bought for as low as 50 cents, far less than the $10 monthly subscription. Comic fans can buy a stolen Marvel Unlimited …
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed. On a conference call with financial analysts, the exec said Microsoft Azure will become the "preferred public cloud partner" and in turn HPE will be the primary supplier of infrastructure and services for Redmond' …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015
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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

Many of the UK’s most popular ecommerce sites have unsafe password practices, according to a new study, with four in five not requiring the use of a capital letter and a number/symbol. Also, 16 per cent of sites accept the ten most common passwords, including “password”, according to security management outfit Dashlane. This …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2015
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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

A cybercriminal who ran a mere eBay scam became a more significant collar for the US Department of Justice after he successfully stole the identity of the special agent investigating him. Rohit Jawa, 25, has pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud, and one count of stealing a special agent's identity which he then used to …
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The Internet Association backs FCC's muni broadband push

Count the likes of eBay, Facebook, and Twitter among those who support the FCC's plan to allow municipal governments to become ISPs. The Internet Association, an industry group whose membership also includes Google, Amazon, and Yahoo!, has filed an amicus brief with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the FCC …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2015
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Obama: Let me spam 600,000 of your customers with a TPP sales pitch. eBay: Sure thing, Barry!

President Obama is taking his case for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) online with a spammy pitch to eBay merchants on how the trade deal will benefit them. The US Commander In Chief sent a letter to 600,000 eBay sellers outlining the virtues of the controversial international trade deal that, according to Obama, will make …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2015

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer. Founded by David Packard and William Hewlett, number one in PCs and in servers, one the granddaddies of Silicon Valley, the massive corporation has undergone a massive change. Personal computers and printers have now been set adrift onto …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2015

HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

HMRC could be reluctant to crack down on VAT fraudsters selling goods online without declaring VAT because of the costs involved, a European tax expert has claimed. Rita de la Feria, a professor in tax law at Durham University, claimed that Amazon and eBay may be liable for VAT if they do not take due diligence and ask …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2015

Pop-up Kiwi CERT a shepherd for helpless hacked SMB flock

New Zealand will get its first national computer security incident response team (CSIRT) helping to assist underserved hacked small businesses, should a funding effort be successful. If the money rains, at least two professional security consultants and possibly some graduate students will work over a year to assess what is …
Darren Pauli, 29 Oct 2015
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Joomla patches critical core shop-pwning flaw

Popular content management system (CMS) Joomla has pushed three patches, including a critical fix for SQL injection vulnerabilities that allow attackers to become admins on most customer websites. The team issued fix 3.4.5 addressing the SQLi vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-7297, CVE-2015-7857, CVE-2015-7858) which exist in version …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2015

German surfers blitzed by widespread malvertising campaign

German surfers are under attack from multiple directions this week because of a widespread malvertising campaign. Users of eBay.de and subscribers of ISP T-Online.de were confronted with tainted ads after cybercrooks succeeded in pushing malicious traffic through rogue systems. The attacks began after hackers circumvented …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2015
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Not quite Facebook but need scale? Dell has a DSS server for you

Dell has launched four specialised DSS servers. In August Dell said it had found a new niche between ordinary scale data centres and the hyperscalers like Facebook, eBay, Amazon and their hyper-ilk. This not-quite-hyperscale customer base would be sold to by a new DSS organisation with its own special server-based products. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Neutrino exploit kit attacks hit thousands of Magento shops

Researchers are warning of a bumbling but large campaign against Magento-powered ecommerce sites that is redirecting users to the Neutrino exploit kit. It is unclear how many sites have been popped, but admins will notice this drop-dead dumb hint: the attack includes a file named neutrino.php. Websites using eBay's Magento …
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2015
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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and buddies stick a bomb under hated CISA cyber-law

Some of the biggest names in the tech industry have issued a public protest against the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) working through US Congress. An open letter protesting the bill was sent by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), an industry body whose members include Microsoft …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2015

Virty expert with a Cisco cert and hate money? Here's the job for you!

Unpaid internships are on the nose around the world as even entry-level workers rebel against exploitation, but a "job" ad spotted by Vulture South takes the practice to new depths. The unpaid IT Systems Engineer internship ad calls for someone capable of helping engineers run up Windows servers for Microsoft small business …

Meg Whitman: Next Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO is already on the payroll

Canalys Channels Forum Meg Whitman this week refused to say when she'll quit as chief exec of HP Enterprise – the chunk of HP that will split away from the other half that makes printers and PCs. However, she did indicate that HP Enterprise's next top boss will almost certainly be appointed from the company's ranks, rather than parachuted in from …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015
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Ofcom chief warns that carrier aggregation may be bad for consumers

Analysis The mergers of O2 and Three, and BT and EE, could drive prices up for consumers and be A Bad Thing. This is the warning given by Ofcom boss Sharon White in a presentation to the London School of Economics this week. She warned that fewer mobile operators could lead to prices rising. The mergers of telcos is pretty much the …
Simon Rockman, 09 Oct 2015
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Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

Calls to crack down on companies selling goods online in the UK without declaring VAT have gathered pace, with a peer and another high profile individual now voicing their concerns that the practice is damaging UK business. The Register has previously reported on the seemingly growing number of sellers based outside Europe who …
Kat Hall, 08 Oct 2015
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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

Worstall on Wednesday Dabbsy was chuntering on about Uber and TfL finally deigning to take note of the regulations under which they should offer services, and it reminded me that we've got three lovely pieces of economics wrapped up in this whole sharing economy story. The first is one well known to youse guys in the tech industry: network effects …
Tim Worstall, 07 Oct 2015

Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

Data recovery experts have found a raft personal information from used hard drives and mobile phones purchased from Amazon, eBay and Gazelle in the UK, US and Germany. The research, by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack, once again shows that failure to erase data from discarded devices continues to be a problem, …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2015
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'eBay' of targeted attacks infiltrated by ex- Shin Bet intel men

Former members of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency have infiltrated a since-scuppered hacking forum that served as a specialist marketplace of targeted attacks. Intelligence bods from Diskin Advanced Technologies gained access to the Enigma forum, which required users to actively trade in illicit services to continue …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2015

Malvertisers slam Forbes, Realtor with world's worst exploit kits

Malvertisers have hit prominent websites Forbes and Realtor.com, redirecting victims to two of the world's worst exploit kits. FireEye threat bods J. Gomez and Genwei Jiang reported eight Forbes URLs attached to news stories from 2012 and 2015, in one of the attacks. Those pages bounced readers to a HTML file and onwards to …
Darren Pauli, 23 Sep 2015
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Oettinger stateside, building bridges while carrying a big stick

Europe’s gaffe-prone digi Commissioner Günther H-dot Oettinger is in the US this week to meet top tech companies, start-ups and policy makers, promising to ask those tricky regulation questions. Kicking off his five-day trip in San Francisco, Oetti, the Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, will meet senior staff …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Sep 2015

Oh, IT'S ON. IT. IS. ON: Google, Netflix et al square up to telcos in net neutrality showdown

Internet companies have jumped into the lawsuit brought by Big Telco against America's net neutrality rules. The Internet Association, which is the Washington DC lobbying group for the likes of Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Netflix, PayPal, Twitter, Uber at al, has filed an amicus brief into the ongoing lawsuit against the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2015
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FireEye: The face of hacking is changing – and it's getting uglier

Cyberattacks from Russia have increased because of sanctions related to the Ukraine while assaults from Iran have dropped over recent months, thanks to the recent Iran nuclear deal. David DeWalt, FireEye chief exec, said these changes show how the diplomatic landscape affects what is happening in cyberspace even though the …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2015

BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

Episode 14 "You're the one who wanted it," I tell the Boss in response to his fuming. "I didn't bloody want it at all!" "Yes, you distinctly said you wanted some call screening that would filter out the timewasters who hadn't read the FAQs from the helpdesk queue." "Yes, but I di-" "It had to be FIFO, had to be able to distinguish …
Simon Travaglia, 18 Sep 2015
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Man the lifeboats! Datos IO develops tech to recover next-gen DBMS

Datos IO is a new database recovery startup which claims it's reinventing recovery for next-generation databases. It's new, being co-founded in June 2014 by CEO Tarun Thakur – who has Data Domain, Veritas and IBM Research on his CV – and Dr Prasenjit Sarkar, previously a master inventor in IBM Research. Of the 23 employees, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2015

UK lords aim probe into Silicon Valley oligarchs

The UK's Parliament has launched a probe into Silicon Valley's giant internet plantations platforms – and wants to know if they're treating suppliers fairly. It also wants to know whether you're happy that you can switch from one platform to another, or whether they're trying to lock you in. The term "platform" is broad enough …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Sep 2015

How a massive campaign of booby-trapped web ads went undetected for too long

Security firm Malwarebytes has published a comprehensive analysis of a recently detected malvertising attack that affected many ad networks and ran uninterrupted for almost three weeks. The tainted ad-slinging scheme affected large and small ad networks alike. What appeared to be legitimate advertisements were used to mask …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015
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Infosec bunfight breaks out over 'unproven' PayPal authent bug

A row has broken out between PayPal and bug hunters who claim to have found a flaw on its website. Vulnerability Laboratory published an advisory about a vulnerability that it said creates a means to bypass the security approval procedure and two-factor authentication applied by the payment service earlier this month, as …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2015

Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

An appeals court in New York will hold an oral hearing in the Feds vs Microsoft battle today. The so-called Microsoft warrant case has dragged on for nearly two years as Redmond resists efforts to make it hand over customer emails stored in Ireland. The American Justice Department wants the emails as part of a drug-trafficking …
Jennifer Baker, 09 Sep 2015
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Google wants to take a bite out of your apples (NOT your gadgets)

Google is hoping to wean Silicon Valley man-children off junk food diets with fresh-food deliveries by its Google Express operation. Google Express was announced in 2013 in opposition to Amazon and eBay's grocery deliver services. It's potentially a nice earner for Mountain View because it offers the chance to clip the coupon …