Shoestring Theory

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German group demonstrates security flaw in eBay

March 13th, 2008 No Comments

AuctionBytes has an in-depth piece up on a security vulnerability in how eBay handles scripts in auction pages. A German watchdog organization,, demonstrated the exploit this week. The vulnerability allows scammers to capture a wealth of information about an eBay user that visits an auction with the malicious script in it: By loading the […]

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eBay promises to refund money to scammed Aussies

March 10th, 2008 No Comments

The Gold Coast Bulletin in Australia is reporting that eBay will refund thousands of Australian eBayers who lost money on fake vacation packages they purchased from an eBay seller. Refunds could amount to $1 million (I would assume that’s in Australian dollars). The Bulletin originally broke the story of the holiday sales Mar. 8. GOLD […]

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Funniest auction I’ve seen this week

February 24th, 2008 No Comments

Let’s cover some background before we get to the funny auction. There were a ton of news stories this week about Paul Mawhinney putting his legendary music collection up for sale on eBay for three million dollars. From the Pittsburg Business Times: After 46 years of collecting and 36 years of running Record-Rama, Mr. Mawhinney’s […]

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KCTV5: “”If you’ve ever bought anything on…eBay, you might be in possession of stolen property.”

February 7th, 2008 3 Comments

KCTV5: If it ain’t sensational, it ain’t news. Kansas City police and the FBI raided multiple Kansas City locations to bust up a multi-million dollar stolen property ring Monday, according to KCTV5 in Kansas City. The story was surprisingly solid for a KC television story, right up until the reporter, Shaun Broyls, felt the need […]

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