A corrupted database was blamed for the Friday disruption, leading the company to put on a full-court press to get the site back online. In particular, eBay pointed a finger at software from Sun Microsystems.
They run a clustered service naturally.. Would be pretty hard to get behind to the webserver itself. And if you get into one webserver.. what good would that do? They just take it out of the cluster immediately and wipe the sucker, put on a clean install and put it back into the cluster.
Only a few people would see the hack. No one would really notice.
You would more likely want to do something with their cache servers (wich usually have their own special build of an operating system) or dns. So that would require alot of special knowledge if you ever could penetrate their firewalls and all the cluster hardware.
Or a dos attack would be more likely to ever hurt them.
Ebay is a company that makes business for $420 a second. I think they can afford live people monitoring their network for hack attempts 24/7.
Originally posted by RackMy.com I am sure the same could be said if they ran Linux.
Yes and no. The beauty of Linux is that it's open source, Windows is not. Now if a security advisory was released for a Linux app... i'm sure they have some competant programmers working for them who could even write up a quick code patch.... As for Windows, well, you wait on them or shut your service down.