Hacking collective Anonymous claims it's stolen around 28,000 user details from a server used by PayPal, with what appears to be email addresses, names and associated passwords appearing on a selection of online sharing services.

However, as with some other recent Anonymous claims, the hack is being disputed by the attacked party. PayPal says it has no evidence of any sort of breach, and is currently answering all enquiries with the line: "We're investigating this but to date we have been unable to find any evidence that validates this claim."

Still, with November 5th marked out as a kind of global hacking and protest day by Anonymous and its legion of followers, there might be more to come. US TV network NBC's site has already been ruined as part of this little online hack-a-thon. [TNW]

UPDATE:
PayPal has been in touch. It says the data actually came from an unrelated company called Zpanel. Here's the new statement:

The attack was actually directed at a company called ZPanel, not PayPal. The 28,000 passwords belonged to ZPanel, a free open source hosting site. Anuj Nayar, a PayPal spokesman, said the payments company had been investigating the attack since Sunday night and concluded that there was no evidence any of its data had been breached.