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Steve Jobs' Amazon account hacked?

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Thu May 14, 2009

Jobs' account hacked?

Steve Jobs' Amazon account has supposedly been hacked, claims an individual identifying himself as "orin0co," according to Cult of Mac. The hacker asserts he was able to gain access to the account by sending Jobs a forged, official-looking e-mail to Jobs, tricking the Apple CEO to log into a fake Amazon account, and subsequently providing the hacker with the personal login information.

orin0co believes the incident is humiliating for Apple, which recently advertised Macs as less susceptible to "viruses, crashes, and headaches" in its Elimination ad.

orin0co insinuated greater susceptibility in an e-mail sent using a secure Hushmail account. "Imagine how safe Mac is if you can trick the mighty Steve Jobs," he said.

The hacker maintains that he has not misused the account, otherwise Jobs and Amazon might have realized the intrusion. Apple has declined to comment about whether or not orin0co's claims are true, while Amazon has stated it has no knowledge of any disturbance to Steve Jobs' account.

If the rumor is true, Jobs would be the latest victim in a string of "whaling" attacks aimed at corporate executives, legal firms, government agencies and other high-value targets. iDefence has reported over 15,000 victims in the past 15 months, saying the hackers would target bank account information to net "millions of dollars."

There are some inconsistencies in orin0co's story, namely that there is no substantial proof -- Apple has not made a statement, and some people believe it is unlikely that Jobs would be tricked by such a basic scam. It is also unlikely that Jobs would be such an avid online shopper, purchasing 20,000 items since 1999 according to orin0co's screenshots. The discrepancy is even more apparent given the images indicate Jobs suddenly stopped purchasing items in October of last year.




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  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -12

    Perfect Excuse

    Jobs can say, and it's very possible that it's true, the he's been on a lot of drugs, which impaired is ability to use some common "internet" sense. ie Steve should, and probably does, know better. If it is true, god help the hacker given Job's legendary wrath - poor Ba$t***.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    lamer

    everything about this loser is lame, from his claim to have social engineered Jobs to his beyond ludicrous claim that this proves OS X is not safer than Windows.

    just another attention w****, like Carrie Prejean.

  1. zimbardo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Trust a criminal?

    I cannot believe anything fornico says. He is a criminal. He could be the 5th hijacker for all we know.

  1. exca1ibur

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    Idiot alert

    [orin0co believes the incident is humiliating for Apple, which recently advertised Macs as less susceptible to "viruses, crashes, and headaches" in its Elimination ad.]

    Umm this has NOTHING to do with what computer he was on or the company. Just a bad case of being tricked into logging into a fake site. This is why you when I get emails from companies I just go directly there and never use email links.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    hacker is just stupid

    This hacker is 100% stupid... My little sister should know more about computer than the orinOco. What have this to be with virus... LOL

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Good way to go to jail

    I hope he/she enjoys the "fame" while it last. I suspect it won't be worth the cost and misery of defending against a federal fraud or identity theft charge.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Prove it...

    I would like to know what Steve Jobs buys at Amazon.

  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +23

    can we please

    ...stop using the term hacking when we're talking about conning and lying... please?

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    I call this bs...

    ... and you sir is a liar. Not a slightest proof but the words from a goof.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    But

    We know it must be true. I mean it's on the interweb.

    And there Is only one Steve jobs in the world.

    And bill gates never fell fir such a scam, so windows must be safer.

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