Tuesday, October 13, 2009

eBay Hacked?

Today, I received some automated spam, related to eBay, through an HTML form submission on one of my websites. While researching it I opened Terminal on my Mac and typed:

whois ebay.com

Imagine my surprise when I scrolled back to the top of the results and saw this.

My immediate thought was that eBay was hacked! But, it turns out that's not the case. Running whois on the Mac just returns all results beginning with ebay.com and some people have taken advantage of that.

It's even worse if you run a whois on microsoft.com.