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Fake eBay data available online, pay with bitcoins for fake info

The eBay customer database file isn't real, according to eBay, with criminals charging 1.45 bitcoins for the fake names and personal information.

Published Fri, May 23 2014 6:01 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The high-profile eBay data breach has already led to a multi-state investigation, and now cybercriminals are trying to exploit the breach for their own personal gain. A person claiming to have the stolen database of all compromised users and passwords online for 1.45 (about $760) bitcoin isn't providing a legitimate information, according to eBay.

Fake eBay data available online, pay with bitcoins for fake info | TweakTown.com

The 3,000-row file has Asia-Pacific usernames, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth for users - but that doesn't appear to be true. A "free sample" with reportedly extracted names of more than 12,000 accounts "are not authentic eBay accounts," according to eBay.

"It is always tough to tell whether the data is genuine in situations like this," said Rik Ferguson, Trend Micro global VP of security research. "The email addresses I have tested so far do not appear to be sourced from previous breaches."

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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