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Forbes: Going once, going twice ... HACKED!

Mar 27, 1999, 20:31 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam L. Penenberg)

Thanks to Gene Smith for this link.

"Bay, the hot one-to-one auction site, was hacked on Saturday, March 13 by a 22-year-old college student who goes by the handle MagicFX. But the story doesn't end there. The hacker maintains access to the site and can return at will. He has "root" access to eBay's computers, the same kind the legitimate administrators enjoy. This means he could change prices or place fake ads, divert traffic to other sites or even take down the entire network."

"This was starkly illustrated to this reporter on Wednesday night, when the hacker, to prove his point, took down eBay's home page for two minutes and replaced it with the message:"

"Proof by MagicFX that you can't always trust people? not even huge companies. (who woulda known that?)"

"It's 9:30 PM . . . do you know who has YOUR credit card information?"

Complete story.