Friday, April 18, 2008

Vladuz busted, according to eBay

Vladuz, the mysterious hacker, who seemed to take great pleasure in hacking eBay has been arrested, according to eBay.

Ina Steiner reports on the AuctionBytes blog:

A cyber-criminal who embarrassed eBay for nearly a year with claims he had hacked the site was arrested on Thursday, according to eBay. "Vladuz" had harassed eBay with his taunting from December 2006 through October 2007, when he accessed eBay servers and gained limited access to a very small number of eBay accounts on the site. (eBay said at the time that at no point did the fraudster get any access to financial information or other sensitive information.).
Thus far only eBay is confirming the arrest:

eBay spokesperson Nichola Sharpe said local Romanian law enforcement officials would have to confirm details, as they considered the case confidential until a conviction was made. Asked why eBay had issued a press release, Sharpe said eBay wanted to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved who collaborated in the case. She also said that the community was aware of Vladuz, and said, "This is obviously great news."
eBay states that Vladuz never accessed any financial information, but I’m not certain that was his intention in the first place.

There are some, who believe his intention was to point out the massive amount of fraud occurring on auction sites and show weaknesses that could be exploited in eBay’s system.

After all, unless he is mentally disturbed, why would he make his effort so public otherwise? Most criminals prefer to remain anonymous when they are committing financial crimes. They make a lot more money that way.

Here is a previous post, I did on the mysterious, Vladuz:

Did Vladuz hack eBay, or is stockpiled stolen information being used to make it look like he did?

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