Jobs' Amazon account exposed, idiot wants to sell details

When you're a celebrity or a high profile citizen, it's not uncommon to be targeted by selfish individuals looking to make a dollar at your expense. It's possible that Steve Jobs has fallen victim to a phishing scam that may have given access to his Amazon account.

CultofMac.com is reporting that they have been contacted by a phishing artist who managed to get into Steve Jobs' Amazon account by claiming to have "sent Jobs a phony but official-looking email that tricked him into logging onto a fake Amazon.com website".

Like any greedy individual, the phishing artist wants to sell the details of what items Jobs has purchased, which he claims to be over 20,000 items over the last 10 years, or about 5 items a day.

The phishing artist goes by the name of orin0co, and claims neither Jobs nor Amazon knew of the intrusion because he didn't change the password on the account. The phishing attack was a well-crafted email that "instead of spamming millions with scattershot email scams, ...targeted high-worth corporate executives with cleverly-crafted emails full of personal details. The executives received messages that appeared to come from the Better Business Bureau, Internal Revenue Service, or Federal Trade Commission, among others."

Even if this turns out to be a hoax, it's a good reminder to keep strong and secure passwords. Use a variation of numbers, letters and symbols when possible and don't keep the same password for every site.

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I see no evidence this is really his account, he's not the only Steve Jobs in the world my bets are on this is fake.

"At the time this scam occurred, Jobs was on a PC with IE8, his friend's computer, while checking his email. Jobs stated that, 'I only went on the PC for a couple minutes and look what happened! I really had no other choice.'

If he had been on a Mac using Safari, this would have never happened."

:D *this is a joke* I almost always think that I need a legal disclaimer at the bottom of any of my sarcastic posts.

Oh, thus why you should've included the disclaimer. I dunno, you should've seen the responses to my other post about macs.

Solid Knight said,
...Phishing scams are platform independent so the joke doesn't really work.

They are? Most of the Mac people would disagree with you.

Let's set a few things straight here before anyone else blames OS X or Safari or Mail.

Phishing filters should not be a requirement. Simple as that. Someone as educated in the tech industry as Steve Jobs knows when they are being targeted. They know the signs to look for. They know to check for security certificates, and valid ones at that, for big sites like Amazon. So I am 100% sure that this is fake.

Regardless, say he was an everyday Joe. Safari has anti-phishing built in. Mail has pretty good spam/phishing detection. And the OS simply has nothing to do with it.

The way a phishing filter works is through past experience. If a phishing site is discovered, it is added to a large list of other sites. Same way a virus works: different routine to create it, different routine to remove it. You can't just say "he should've used a different browser" because a site wasn't yet added to the filter. If an attack is aimed specifically at one person, an idea not too far out of the question, a phishing filter will not detect it. Even if it's detected as spam, some people may click through.

But we have to go back to the first point and be rational about this. We're talking about a billionaire who made it through the tech industry. Not just a businessman, but a businessman who sold computers through the birth of the Internet. He knows what a phishing attack is as well as anyone on this site, and I doubt any of us would blindly put our password into a site linked to us in a e-mail.

Don't get the point of this line:

Even if this turns out to be a hoax, it's a good reminder to keep strong and secure passwords. Use a variation of numbers, letters and symbols when possible

What good is a strong password if you're dumb enough to get phished?

Athernar said,
Don't get the point of this line:


What good is a strong password if you're dumb enough to get phished?


Amateur articles at their finest.

I dont get people now a days...why in the world would you click ANYTHING in ANY email system that has to do with "account" stuff. NEVER EEEEVVVERRR do I do that, I delete it (if it "looks" like it "might" be important I will READ it, but NOT click ANY links in it.).

If Amazon/paypal/eBay/etc. said to me in an email (like most phishing scams do) you have to log onto your account to update some new security questions, click here:, I would delete THEN GO TO AMAZON.COM MYSELF, typing it in or my OWN bookmark, and logging in to check. Why people believe convenience is ok to be lazy and get screwed I have no clue. Just dumb and ignorant if you ask me.

That beats ANY issue about "oh safari is terrible, IE is terrible, should have used outlook, etc."...actually its the email 'provider' that needs to warn you [if IT knows about it that is], they 'are' the ones handling it first...duh.

Now earlier comments made a good point earlier, its probably fake anyway, and as well, who cares its not like its his bank account details that are up for grabs...

Every amazon member knows amazon do not send you emails asking you to login via your email inbox.

Give Forrest back his company he would not fall for that!

I am suprised no one commented yet on SJ buying Blu-Ray how about "The future is in HD itunes downloads" or the "You know, Blu-ray is a bag of hurt. I don't mean from a consumer point of view—it's great to watch movies—but the licensing is so complex.

I guess it wasn't too complex for him to figure it out

If I was Steve Jobs and this was true, I would just publish everything I bought on the web for free. Then the scam hacker guy wouldn't be able to sell anything.

Yeah Jobs was hacked, but he quickly drawed his iFon and patched all the holes from his home.

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This piece of rubbish must be the biggest load of bunk I've ever seen posted on Neowin! It should be removed as a matter of urgency!

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