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July 15, 2009

eBay/PayPal fail

Rob @ 10:10 AM

eBay and its subsidiary PayPal have been screwing up more than usual.

First thing, they sent a takedown notice (complete with FBI threats) to a security blogger reporting on phishing scams, because he dared to include a screenshot of a phishing site in his writeup. Any human could have read that blogger's post and figured out that he's one of the good guys, who is only trying to educate the public a little bit. Could eBay actually be using bots to decide who to send that sort of nastygram to without double-checking the results first?

Secondly, they just effectively shut down Hackers For Charity leaving Johnny Long to deal with the situation from Africa.

What do they do for an encore?

4 Responses to “eBay/PayPal fail”

  1. snowgrouse says:

    :( it's a pain in the arse. Especially since it's the *only* online payment method I can use any more, not having a credit card. Fucksticks.

  2. Brewster says:

    Ugh. That's just horrible. Considering that they're the market dominator, not merely the market leader, in what they do, this is serious cause for concern. They sound as though they're in over their heads, not as though they're the company with the known name in Internet-based transactions.

  3. Brewster says:

    Update on the H4C situation. Still a v. unclassy thing to've done (and yes, it does sound like they sent their attack-bots out first and asked questions later).

  4. Mara says:

    For anyone who is without a credit card, there are pre-pay card options. The best one (that I've found) is OboPay which charges $10 for the card and a $5 monthly maintenance fee. Yeah, it can be a little steep, depending on your situation.

    Wal-Mart's pre-pay card's fee is $3 a month...but I'm trying to ween away from *that* evil empire as well as PayPal.

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