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Romanian Hacker Haunting ebay

Even after over two months (January & February 2007) of breaking into the employee server of eBay, the fear of a cyber criminal who calls himself Vladuz is still looming. This is inspite of the attempts being made by the officials and security team of the online auctioneer with law enforcement bodies in Europe and US.

Until now, the public information about Vladuz is certainly very little. He, on atleast two events, has fooled the company security by signing into eBay forums as official customer service voice. But the Internet is loaded with left overs of a hacker who goes by this name, blatantly advertising breaking software and showing his programming ability.

This is atleast the second time that Vladuz has managed to pull off the hacking attempt that is causing several customers to question the competence of eBay security.

eBay officials state that they're assertively chasing Vladuz with the help of law enforcement bodies and the FBI. eBay insists that his unauthorized access has been restricted to servers employed for employee mail accounts that are completely distinct from the network where critical customer details are kept.

Vladuz claims to have got the capability of breaching eBay's security at his will. Together with increased number of hacked accounts, the claim has led to the formation of a small but vocal group of customers who thinks eBay is garnering a huge backdoor in its security system.

Katherine Carington, who is associated with Pheebay.com, a blog related with eBay, said that this was the third time Vladuz entered the eBay forums and made 'pink postings', an indication to the border colors denoting comments from the officials of eBay.

The last time when the hacker broke into the servers of eBay, the person (who posted blogs under pink postings reserved official representatives of eBay) told he was from Romania but presently not staying in that nation. A spokesperson from eBay reported that the company thinks Vladuz is Romanian.

The breaching attempts by Vladuz might be limited, but according to critics, his effort has been accompanied with a sudden hike in the number of fake auctions on the Website. As a proof, they highlight the dramatically increased instability in the number of auctions being made, and then cancelled, in every hour since January '07 end.

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