PayPal.com back online

Four days after its online payment website was slowed and only intermittently available to users because of a coding problem,...

Four days after its online payment website was slowed and only intermittently available to users because of a coding problem, PayPal.com is once again available to its customers.

In an update on the service problems posted on its site early this morning, PayPal, which is owned by online auction supplier eBay, said its technicians had finally solved the problem. The exact nature of the repair was not announced.

"We have made good progress in restoring the PayPal site functionality," the statement said. "Most members are now able to perform all site activities. Should you encounter any errors, please try again."

Sara Bettencourt, a PayPal spokeswoman, said that the site's performance had "improved significantly" after the repairs were made, "allowing most users to transact without incident. We're monitoring the situation closely throughout the night and will update the community as soon as we have new information".

Many of PayPal's users had been having problems logging into and using the site since Friday (8 October), when a monthly code update went awry, drastically dropping the performance of the site and causing time-out errors and other problems.

PayPal and eBay technical support personnel worked around the clock since Friday to resolve the problems. Details about the coding error were not disclosed.

The impact of the four-day service disruption is not known, but many eBay.com buyers and sellers were inconvenienced because they could not make or collect payments for items sold in online auctions and stores.

PayPal.com has about 50 million user accounts, including about 15.5 million that are active, according to the company.

Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld

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