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eBay scans your computer ports

Have you recently visited eBay? The site is a popular destination for buying new and used items. You will probably be surprised to learn that eBay scans your computer ports when you visit the site with a browser.

You can verify it very easily. Use a browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Microsoft Edge, or Vivaldi. Open a new page and press the F12 key to open the Browser Developer Tools.

ebay banner - eBay scans your computer ports

Open an eBay page on the Network tab in Developer Tools.

Wait for the page to load and look for 127.0.0.1 in the list of links. These are the scans that eBay runs when you log in to the site.

You can click on the link to see additional information. This way you will see the port that is scanning eBay right now. The scan is performed by check.js, a JavaScript that runs on eBay when users log in to the site. Uses WebSockets to run searches on your local system using a specified port, and scans are performed regardless of login status.

Bleeping Computer has created a handy table listing the ports:

ProgramEbay NamePort (The Harbour District)
UnknownREF63333
VNCVNC5900
VNCVNC5901
VNCVNC5902
VNCVNC5903
Remote Desktop ProtocolRDP3389
AeroadminARO5950
Ammyy AdminAMY5931
TeamViewer TV05939
TeamViewer TV16039
TeamViewer TV25944
TeamViewer TV26040
Anyplace controlAPC5279
AnyDeskANY7070

Most of these ports are used by remote connection applications, such as VNC, Teamviewer, or Windows Remote Desktop.

ebay port scan 1 - eBay scans your computer ports

The Nullsweep website, which mentioned first this issue, found that the scan does not run on Linux systems.

It is unknown at this time why eBay is scanning its visitors' computers. Of course the reactions on Twitter and other social media sites are very negative. Users as a whole criticize eBay for scanning ports and for scanning ports as well as users who are not logged in to the site.

What can you do;

Block check.js script with a content blocker.
In some browsers, such as Firefox, turn off Web Sockets. EBay is loading script check.js from the following address (currently): https://src.ebay-us.com/fp/check.js

So a regex like || src.ebay-us.com ^ * / check.js should work fine.

The address may change and may differ if you log in from different company addresses such as eBay.de.

The other option is to turn off WebSockets completely, but incompatibilities and upload problems may occur on other sites.

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