Wednesday morning, I woke up, walked to the PC, and checked my email. There was a notice from eBay that my item was listed successfully. Thing is, I hadn't listed or sold anything on eBay in months. Curious, I pulled up my account, and lo and behold, someone had listed some Star Wars character crap (an identical auction is now up: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT
). Needless to say, I was disturbed, so I checked the auction, informed eBay, and modified the listing with a warning for people not to bid on it, and some astronomical shipping and BIN prices. I also changed my password, although I thought it unlikely to have been compromised.
About 36 hours later eBay sent me a nice letter saying that they took "precautionary measures" and disabled my account. Sure enough, my account was listed as a "Not a registered member". I was pissed. A couple of hours later, after chatting with eBay's live online help, my account was reinstated, and all seems good now.
Still, I can't help but wonder if eBay has some sort of vulnerability that can be exploited. I've seen many accounts misused, and knowing that I never fell to one of those phishing scams (where a fake eBay email asks you to give your account info), and knowing that while not impossible to break, my password is pretty secure, I don't see how my account was misused. I didn't get locked out of my account by the "hackers", I didn't lose my email access, so... I'm thinking that eBay has a real problem.
Anyways, just a cautionary tale that even the best looking accounts can be compromised, by some mysterioous means.