Archive for February, 2014

eBay and PayPal DNS hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Earlier today, the nameservers on the and domain were changed to and in an apparent hijack.

It seems that the Syrian Electronic Army are now claiming responsibility for this on Twitter. They have posted screenshots of the eBay/PayPal MarkMonitor account where they were able to manage the domains in question as well as seemingly had access to the email account of Paul Whitted, Senior Manager at eBay’s Site Engineering Centre judging by another screenshot.

Several hours before this broke in the news, I tried to get in touch with PayPal UK’s security team to report this to them, however after being passed between several people I was eventually told that the problems I was experiencing were because “PayPal doesn’t support Apple devices as they are less secure”. Thanks guys, really helpful, top notch work there!

I also emailed the eBay network team and their domain registrar, MarkMonitor, neither of whom bothered to get back to me.

For posterity, I’ve attached screenshots of the and listings in Nominet’s whois records at the time of the attack. nameserver nameserver hijack