eBay Fights the eBots

The Register reports that auction site eBay is a focus of automated "bots" as fraudsters attempt to build " bogus eBay reputations that will later allow them to dupe gullible punters through bogus auctions."

The reports adds: "As well as stealing accounts, con merchants have begun to use other techniques to obtain accounts that look pukka to the casual observer, according to security appliance firm Fortinet. By automating the process of creating an account with an ostensibly good rep, crooks can avoid the tedious business of building up a decent profile before looking to cash in with a scam auction."