eBay Germany says data leak claim is hoax

27th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2004, BERLIN - The German arm of Internet auction house eBay denied Tuesday a South African report that fraudsters had broken into its computer database and obtained more than 100,000 credit card numbers.

27 July 2004

BERLIN  - The German arm of Internet auction house eBay denied Tuesday a South African report that fraudsters had broken into its computer database and obtained more than 100,000 credit card numbers.

It termed the story a "hoax" and insisted criminals had not obtained such data. South African media had earlier quoted police in that country warning those who had used credit cards to buy goods and services on eBay to cancel them as a precaution.

Nerses Chopurian, a spokesman for eBay in Berlin, said, "We are currently in contact with international police authorities so as to obtain more information about this hoax."

According to This Day, a South African newspaper, members of a Nigerian crime syndicate arrived in Germany in possession of eBay databases. An informant handed files to the authorities including more than 100,000 credit card numbers and information on individuals.

The newspaper quoted Inspector Rian Visser as saying, "Only six South Africans were among the names of those we recovered and we have since advised those individuals to cancel their credit cards."

In Berlin, Chopurian said, "We don't know the source of this story. The truth is that eBay databases have not been hacked into."

eBay offers millions of people worldwide a way of tendering goods online, with the eBay computer logging the bids. After bidding expires, the top bidder closes a sale with the buyer, who packages and posts the goods, and eBay charges a fee for setting up the deal.

DPA

Subject: German news

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