Has eBay been hacked? Online auctioneer’s email logo becomes NAKED woman sparking stunned users to joke about site’s ‘bold’ new avatar
- Emails from eBay were being accompanied with a picture of a topless woman
- Baffled buyers and sellers have taken to Twitter urging the site to ‘sort it’
- It is not yet clear why the picture appeared and it has caused hacking fears
- Icon now seems to have returned to the usual logo and eBay are investigating
Published: 14:45 BST, 9 September 2019 | Updated: 18:15 BST, 9 September 2019
Users of eBay were left wondering whether or not the site has been hacked after the online auctioneer’s logo was replaced with a picture of a naked woman.
Baffled buyers and sellers took to social media to share their confusion over the ‘bold’ new avatar which could be seen on emails from the site.
Dozens of people said updates they received in their inboxes after placing orders were accompanied by the naked icon.
Twitter user @chlo_imrie shared the shot of a topless woman, adding: ‘Umm @eBay wtf is this why is this your email picture?’
Baffled eBay users took to Twitter to try and find out what was going on after they noticed emails from the online auction site had an icon of a naked woman on them
Twitter user Chlo_imrie shared screenshots of her emails from eBay with the ‘bold’ icon image
Gavin Storey said: ‘Little bit concerned by the profile image @eBay have decided to use on their email address. Certainly not something I’ve done, so might be worth looking at on their end, I reckon…’
And Trappedbehindthelens said simply said that eBay ‘might wanna sort it guys lol.’
Liz Grogan said of the image: ‘Is that for real?? I mean, I’m sure she’s lovely, but not what I was expecting with an email about a baby product I want to buy.’
Tahinawrites wrote: ‘Is ebay being hacked?? I just received emails from ebay with an inappropriate profile picture?!! This is unacceptable. #ebay #disgusting.’
Another person said they noticed the unusual profile picture while on the Outlook email app
Some people shared pictures of the order updates they were sent from eBay on email, left and right, with the icon showing
Another person said they got ‘a shock’ when they opened their emails to find eBay’s icon
And jackedonija said: ‘Why is the eBay email profile picture porn.’
While oldmrbeerface tweeted: ‘Ebay’s new email avatar is bold, I’ll give them that.’
It is not yet clear why the image – which began circulating last week – appeared in emails.
One possible reason behind the icon could be that the image was accidentally added while the app was undergoing maintenance, reports the BBC.
Most of the emails with the icon on seem to have been from last week, however people were still asking eBay why the icon was on their screens this weekend.
An eBay spokesman told one customer: ‘Well, this is a little embarrassing! We’re very sorry you’ve received this but don’t worry we have no reason to believe your account has been compromised in any way and we’re actively investigating this matter with Microsoft – one of our email service providers.’
MailOnline has contacted Microsoft for comment.
Gavin Storey shared the site’s email details on Twitter showing the official address and picture
Someone else said that the avatar was a ‘bold’ choice from the online auctioning site