paypal hack engine free downloadBut then PayPal asked Krebs to provide a photocopy of a driver’s license to regain access to his account – but during the second attack, hackers removed Krebs’s details from the account so that he couldn’t regain control of it.
In his article Krebs explains that PayPal seems to lack the necessary security measures that would make it harder for hackers to steal account credentials, suggesting that further updates would be needed so that attackers would not be able to social engineer their way into an account with the help of information that may be found or sold online.
“I asked the PayPal supervisor why the company couldn’t simply verify my identity by sending a text message to my phone, or a special signal to a PayPal mobile app?” Krebs wrote. “After all, PayPal has had the same mobile number of mine on file for years (the attacker also deleted that number from my profile as well). The supervisor explained that the company didn’t have any mobile authentication technologies and that in order to regain access to the funds in my account I had to send the company a photocopied or scanned copy of my driver’s license.”
Driver’s licenses and any other similar documents can be easily forged Krebs argues, making it a futile protection layer.
“Longer term, PayPal should review which of its users have already provided mobile phone information, and then seek to validate those contact numbers,” Krebs argued. “Once that process is done, PayPal can start upgrading its authentication systems — and hopefully become less reliant on static (read: already-compromised) identifiers to validate customers. This would help cut down on account takeovers and reduce the threat of costly, fraudulent credit card donations via hacked accounts.”
“Until then, PayPal will continue to expose its users unnecessarily to security and privacy threats (bear in mind that a crook who gains access to your PayPal account can see all of your transactions and financial data from associated bank accounts),” he concluded.
To read Krebs’s full account of his terrible PayPal experience, follow the source link.The PayPal app is available online or at the iTunes App Store and Google Play. One year after acquiring Braintree, PayPal introduced its “One Touch” service, which allows users to pay with a one-touch option on participating merchants websites or apps.
On November 28, 2011, PayPal reported Black Friday brought record mobile engagement including a 538% increase in global mobile payment volume when compared with Black Friday 2010.
In 2012, the company launched “PayPal Here,” a small business mobile payment system that includes a combination of a free mobile app and a small card-reader that plugs into a smart phone.
PayPal launched an updated app for iOS and Android in 2013 that expanded its mobile app capabilities by allowing users to search for local shops and restaurants that accept PayPal payments, order ahead at participating venues, and access their PayPal Credit accounts (formerly known as Bill Me Later).
Business model evolution
PayPal’s success in users and volumes was the product of a three-phase strategy described by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman: “First, PayPal focused on expanding its service among eBay users in the US. Second, we began expanding PayPal to eBay’s international sites. And third, we started to build PayPal’s business off eBay.”Criticism
See also: Criticism of eBay
In 2003, PayPal voluntarily ceased serving as a payment intermediary between gambling websites and their online customers. At the time of this cessation it was the largest payment processor for online gambling transactions. In 2010, PayPal resumed accepting such transactions, but only in those countries where online gambling is legal, and only for sites which are properly licensed to operate in said jurisdictions.
If an account is subject to fraud or unauthorized use, PayPal puts the “Limited Access” designation on the account. PayPal has had several notable cases in which the company has frozen the account of users such as Richard Kyanka, owner of the website Something Awful, in September 2005, Cryptome in March 2010, or April Winchell, the owner of Regretsy, in December 2011. The account was reinstated, PayPal apologized and donated to her cause.
In September 2010, PayPal froze the account of Markus Persson, developer of independent video game Minecraft. Persson stated publicly that he had not received a clear explanation of why the account was frozen, and that PayPal was threatening to keep the money if they found anything wrong. His account contained around €600,000.
PayPal’s partner MasterCard ceased taking donations to WikiLeaks in 2010, and PayPal also suspended, and later permanently restricted, payments to the website after the U.S. State Department deemed WikiLeaks activities as