Has my Ebay account been hijacked?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 11 Apr 2008.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I'm worried - neither my wife at home nor I here in Lagos (that world-renowned centre for honesty and decency) can access our ebay account as it won't recognise our password. This has happened since I have been using my laptop on an open hotel lounge wi-fi system. A few days ago I was on line and a box appeared asking if I wanted to receive a file from an IP address - of course I deleted it straight away but it happened 3 times before I turned the laptop off.

    Is it possible that somebody in the hotel has been able to cull my login details and take over our account?

    Would anybody who uses Ebay feel like logging in and letting me know if there's a general problem or not?
  2. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    My other halfs account working fine RR just signed out and then back in no problems. Sounds like someone has hijacked your account as you suspect and also given your current location get onto ebay pronto they will sort it quickly.
  3. OP

    Globalti Legendary Member


  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

  5. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Yep me too, that's the trouble with WiFi especially in dodgy places(who said Cardiff? :biggrin:) where the whole city is enabled.If your LT wasn't pass word protected it is possible for someone to log on to your machine (I think:blush:)
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    If it's not on a protected Wi-fi, your info is available to be snooped (read) - so only use it for reading BBC news and stuff..... anything that needs a password - wired public connection, or secure Wi-fi !!!
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Ebay uses https for secure pages such as the login page. That is a secure protocol which means that your password is automatically encrypted. You can see a little padlock symbol at the bottom of the screen which shows that it is secure.
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Nope - that bit is - i.e the so-called link to the SSL server, but it doesn't know your data is being sent over an 'un-secure network' - i.e. the bit from the router might be OK, but the data from the laptop to router in 'the-air' certainly isn't.....

    You are sending data over an un-secure air network.... believe you me, those who can do it will do it..... the padlock means nothing over the air as it can be read if it's not on a secure protocol.....
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I'll explain....

    If you are plugged into your router, or modem by a wire then when the sign comes up it's OK - i.e. secure.

    But on wi-fi it's totally different....

    At home we have a wi-fi router - 2 x pc's connected via a wired LAN - i.e. wired.

    We also have a laptop.... that needs a secure code to get into the network - this also encripts the data that goes into 'the air'. I can easily log into surrounding houses networks, and if I was naughty, download bad stuff - it's them that would get shot.

    What happens with an un-secure network, like in library's, shops, coffee places and the such, is that the data sent from the laptop to the router is readable - you don't need encription to get access ....so anyone with the software can read your transmission data... has nothing to do with the https signs

    So be aware !!!
  10. OP

    Globalti Legendary Member

    At about the same time I was on Ebay from my hotel room, a funny thing happened; a window I've never seen before suddenly appeared asking if I wanted to receive a file from an IP address. Of course I clicked NO but it reappeared three times before I got worried and turned off the antenna. I ran a virus check and it was okay.

    Would this have been somebody trying to access my computer with a trojan?
  11. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Its all that alien technology in Cardiff.......

  12. Eurostar

    Eurostar Veteran

    Mine was hacked recently, as was the hotmail account which it was linked to. I have no idea how it was done. The scrote tried to use my ebay account (which has c. 500 transactions with almost 100% feedback) to sell half a dozen laptops and zoom lenses. I reported it through the usual channels and it was all sorted within a day or two, with the scrote's listing fees refunded to me.
  13. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Was it behind some curtains you hadn't noticed? Phfft!:smile:
  14. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    <IMG height=8 width=8>eBay Account Issue - Response Required

    <IMG height=8 width=8 align=top><IMG height=5><IMG height=10><IMG width=1>Dear eBay Member,
    <IMG height=10>
    Due to our latest changes on eBay Marketplace security system we have discovered there is an issue with your Account on file.
    You can also copy and paste the following link into your Web browser:
    Your confirmation code is: 65417

    At this moment all selling, bidding and watching activities on your account are restricted until you confirm your Account Informations.
    Thank you,

    E Mail received yesterday (11/04/08).

  15. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    The usual phising rubbish then !
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