EBayWall Ransomware Removal - Restore .ebay Files

EBayWall Ransomware Removal – Restore .ebay Files

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This article will help you remove eBayWall ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the bottom.

eBayWall is the name of a cryptovirus demanding a ridiculous sum of money as a ransom. The ransomware will encrypt your files and deem them inaccessible. The eBayWall virus displays a ransom note inside a file called ebay-msg.html. The file opens an HTML WebPage with text and instructions. Inside there is a huge rant about the e-commerce corporation eBay Inc. being greedy, while it asks for 9 million US dollars to be paid in the Monero cryptocurrency to allegedly restore your data. Read on below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put up a ransom note inside a text file called ebay-msg.html demanding you to pay 9 Million as a ransom.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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EBayWall Ransomware – Infection

eBayWall ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

eBayWall ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Don’t be opening files after you have downloaded them, before you scan them first with a security tool. A good idea is to also check their size and signatures for anything that seems suspicious. You should read the ransomware prevention tips located in our forum section.

EBayWall Ransomware – Description

eBayWall is a virus which will encrypt your files and then demand you to pay a ridiculously large sum of money as ransom to get your data back. The ransom note is unique as its quite long and uses the logo of the eBay corporation for its title and ransomware name.

eBayWall ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

That ransom note is inside a file called ebay-msg.html which will open up an HTML Web page. You can preview a part of it right down here:

The whole ransom note reads the following:

Welcome to ebaywall!
Many of your files were locked because of gross negligence.

This is about very weak security… So, to set the stage, quite a bit of back story is necessary:

The internet is extremely large and full of very expensive and very dangerous tools. I am at the internet at least six days a week; I know who is coming and going and what they are working on. When the internet police is not in the way, I unlock certain power tools to give the other users supervised access to what could potentially be very dangerous machinery. I do have a certain level of authority – I can kick people out of the internet, report them for tool-misuse, and effectively prevent them from passing their internet classes.

This story refers to a coder in one of the ebay sites and his monkey:

One night, fairly late, I hear some holes making a noise in the general kijiji.ca area of the internet. I head that way to check it out – the noise sounded like someone was in a big hurry, which is a red flag that they might hurt someone with the tools.

I get there and see a poor, tiny coder sitting on a stool while his monkey fiddles with his project. The coder is supposed to be using PHP code to make a bot blocker. Easy, easy project. I check them out from a distance, see no safety violations as they are just setting up, and return to my own studio to do some work.

Now, bot blockers are fairly safe; the worst thing is that they slightly annoy you. But, bot blockers can also cause undefined behavior and oil can be flung at your face; I have a tiny scar on my forehead from the same project four years ago. At a minimum, I require coders to wear idiot-proof safety gloves while coding bot blockers.

After about 5 minutes, I go to check up on them again. The monkey has effectively taken over the coder’s project and is doing it for him. While that is a violation of the professional honesty code, this story concerns the safety violations and the massive butthurt when I told him to fix them. The monkey is coding some thin digits, his code INCHES from the extremely hot spaghetti zone.

Everyone who takes a coding class is given lengthy hacking demonstrations and are required to sign forms to confirm that they understand what is required in order to use the tools. No form – no tools. The poor coder’s monkey technically wasn’t even supposed to use the tools and the coder knew. The poor coder also knew that they were both required to wearing safety gloves.

Despite knowing the rules, some people get miffed when I ask them to do something; after all, I am just another coder and can be younger than the people I’m giving directions to. But I am paid to tell people to be safe. So, request 1 is always very low-key and polite.

“Hey ya’ll, could you please put on your safety gloves? Thanks!” And then I walk out of the room, giving them opportunity to fix the mistake. When I return a few minutes later, the coder – who isn’t even coding – is wearing his safety gloves. The status of the monkey hasn’t changed at all. So, request 2 is little more firm as I walk towards them to indicate that I’m not leaving until he put them on.

“Hi, please put on your safety gloves.”

The monkey looks up at me and says, “Oh, I’m almost done.”

That doesn’t fly. So, I crank up the firm politeness, “Sir, you have to wear safety gloves while coding.”

Then he says, “Well, I don’t have any, I’ll only be a minute.”

Now, I’ve heard this a lot. This is why I have The Bucket. I say cheerfully, “No worries, I have plenty.” Before I turn to retrieve The Bucket of forgotten, stinking, and dirty safety gloves, I reach over and pull the computer’s cord out of the power outlet. While smiling. I can feel the monkey radiating off of his as he give me the side eye.

When I return with The Bucket, I see that he has plugged the computer back in and is back to work. Now, I’m mad. Yes, he is twice my age, but I’m not about to have an idiot endanger others on my watch. The coder’s face is beat-red and I can see his shoulders inching up as he hunches over in embarrassment.

I set The Bucket on the table, and start pulling out safety gloves. I personally have three pairs in pristine condition that I loan out to coders, but not to this monkey. I’m looking for a particularly nasty pair, covered in dirt and grime from the bottom of The Bucket. He can see me sorting through the gloves, some pairs that are better than others in my hands. I find the perfectly stinky pair and hand them to him, “Here you go!”

Upon seeing my choice selection, the monkey decides to argue with me: “I don’t understand why I have to wear these. This will only take a second.” After hearing my safety spiel, he goes for the big no-no: “Who are you to tell me that I have to do anything?”

Stone. Cold. Silence. From the monkey and the poor peanut gallery coder. After a few moments of a staring contest, I continue:

“You have the same three options as THE CODERS in this internet. You can follow the safety rules, you can leave, or you can stay and continue to code without following my directions. If you stay and code without safety gloves, I will report you and your coder. Your coder will lose tool-access, which is a privilege, and he will fail out of the internet because he will not be able to complete the bot blocker. Neither of you will be allowed in this internet again.”


Information security is somewhere at or below the bottom of their list of concerns, it is viewed as a byproduct of the business process and given relatively little thought or protection. The purpose of ebay isn’t the technology. The purpose is the money. The technology is the tool. They are merely focused on the quarterly “number”. Vision and long term strategy are definitely secondary to “the number”.

ebay made USD 9 billion last year, and yet it only spent USD 2 billion. Too much greed, not enough investment. You don’t have to be an economist to get it.

Sillicon Valley is often criticized for breeding cult like mentality, so it’s not that surprising. It’s one of those weird areas that prefers to be messed up on any point of day. Extreme wealth and suburban banality are huge around there which generally means shitty coders. They are beholden to the cult they chose to become a part of, and in the process they became convinced they could run shitty apps. I would really like all these types to move away and take their fellow reprobate fools with them.

I thought shit like this only happened in badly written soap operas. F*** this company who deems safety as optional. ebaywall is giving ebay the finger. ebaywall has risen up to demand an end to current negligence.

First, let me say thank you to all of the users who downloaded ebaywall. People are watching, so I want to make sure I get this right. The main cause for the hacks are due to the lack of proper security measures. I’m locking these files to bring the attention to internet users to show how important is to have a proper app at the internet. Hacking ebay outright is not a matter I take lightly. It is not a good “first step”. Right now there are only a handful of ebay sites which are neglected, but there is a concern that a blanket overlooking on such sites could potentially endanger a large number of people. Users may not even be aware of the issue. By going the route of hacking, I not only make money, but I also hope that making the issue visible will do more to spread awareness than would sweeping it under the rug. The hacking here is very valuable to me, and I really appreciate not only the money that this generates, but also the visibility it provides to the issue.

It will require user assistance to maintain a list of phone numbers which will receive angry calls. Please message ebay with angry content, or call its numbers. It is ultimately the job of my users to make an informed decision about what constitutes low-quality negligence, and to act according to their own individual set of values.

After looking into the details, I think there may be a cause of action against ebay for most users in this position. When customers signed up for an account, the Terms of Service created a binding legal contract. In any case, there may be a claim against ebay in negligence, because ebay breached a duty of care to you by failing to securely protect users.

The note of the eBayWall ransomware is huge. The demanded ransom sum is of 200.000 Monero coins, which at the time of writing this article equates to 9.452.700 US dollars or in other words nine million and a half. That can be seen at the end of the ransom note, as displayed below in the screenshot:

The demand is towards eBay as a company, as they have that kind of money and their sites are involved with the ransomware (if we believe that the claims inside the ransom note are true). You should save your files and wait for a possible decryption tool. As this could actually affect eBay, it might turn out that they’d have to pay up, although that is highly unlikely.

EBayWall Ransomware – Encryption

The encryption process of the eBayWall ransomware is done with a strong algorithm. It will encrypt your files and append the extension .ebay to all files. The .ebay extension is placed as a secondary one, without changing the original extension or the file name.

The eBayWall ransomware seeks to encrypt files with the following extensions:

  • .doc
  • .docx
  • .xls
  • .xlsx
  • .pdf
  • .mp3
  • .jpg
  • .png

The eBayWall cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove EBayWall Ransomware and Restore .ebay Files

If your computer got infected with the eBayWall ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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