Online payment service PayPal was inaccessible to users for three hours Friday morning because of technical problems, company officials said.
The website was not functioning properly from 9 a.m. to noon because of problems with its database, PayPal spokeswoman Amanda Pires said. No private data was compromised, said Pires, who called the service interruption "very rare" and "inconvenient."
The company is investigating the issue, she said.
PayPal, which is owned by San Jose-based online auction company EBay Inc., allows users to electronically transfer money from bank and credit accounts using e-mail.