Syrian Electronic Army admits hacking eBay and PayPal


The hacking continues as the Syrian Electronic Army , a notorious hacking group, admitted to hacking into the systems of two big-name companies on Saturday: eBay and PayPal.

Anuj Nayar, PayPal’s senior director of global initiatives, confirmed the security breach:

“For a brief period today, a very limited number of people visiting certain PayPal and eBay marketing pages in the UK, France and India were redirected. The issue was quickly detected and resolved. No customer data was accessed by these redirects, and no customer accounts were affected. We take the security and privacy of our customers very seriously and are actively investigating the reasons behind the temporary redirects.”

According to Mashable, the SEA wasn’t after individual’s personal information. Instead, the group claim the attack was in retaliation for PayPal and eBay’s lack of presence in Syria for the past three years.

The group also admitted on Twitter to the hack; however, Twitter has suspended the @Official_SEA16 page until a full investigation is complete.

PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as checks and money orders, commonly used by buyers and sellers on eBay. PayPal became a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay in 2002.

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