Online auction site, eBay, is unwittingly selling software that is used to hack eBay user accounts and steal personal information, according to research from online security experts PC Tools.
A number of software items for sale on the world's leading online auction site contain a variety of programs including keyloggers, trojans and other malware making devices that are aimed at helping users hack computers, websites and even individual user accounts.
"Despite eBay's excellent reputation for ensuring that it protects both consumer safety and privacy, it's almost impossible to police every item," said Mike Greene, VP Product Strategy at online security experts PC Tools.
"I am certain that the sale of this sort of software on eBay comes as a surprise to most, but the success eBay has also meant that the world's leading online auction site can also attract the wrong kind of attention," said Greene.
"It is ironic that something intended ultimately to steal a consumer's identification and financial information is being sold via what is one of the world's number one targets for the ID theft," said Greene.