eBay security risk exposed by Seaton man

PUBLISHED: 15:56 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:07 15 June 2010

A SEATON computer analyst was shocked to discover a lack of security on eBay which could put people at risk of credit card fraud.

A SEATON computer analyst was shocked to discover a lack of security on eBay - which could put people at risk of credit card fraud.Gareth White, of PC Doctor, in Harbour Road, uncovered the loophole when trying to buy a commercial sign writing machine and typed the word 'blade' in the search.He had to confirm his age by giving his credit card details because of the content of the search - but said he was directed to an insecure site. He said: "In essence, eBay are requiring you to provide your full credit card details insecurely to place your bid. "This information can then be uncovered by anyone using your pc or a hacker who has gained access to it."It made me reluctant to buy that product at that time. "I got the buyer to change the details, so I didn't have to go via that site. It's a bit worrying that eBay aren't trying to fix it straightaway."He said when he spoke to eBay they were aware of the problem but had yet to resolve it.An eBay spokesman said if people bid or buy a knife they would be asked to enter their credit card details. The company believes they can determine the types of card most likely to be held by under 18s and prevent them from completing their transaction.From March 10, the sale of all knives and swords, except cutlery, will be banned from sale on eBay's UK and Ireland sites.


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