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5/14/2009
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Thomas Claburn
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Steve Jobs' Amazon Account Hacked? I Doubt It.

Leander Kahney on the Cult of Mac blog reports that that a hacker claims to have phished Steve Jobs, obtained his Amazon.com account login information, and snooped through his purchases.

Leander Kahney on the Cult of Mac blog reports that that a hacker claims to have phished Steve Jobs, obtained his Amazon.com account login information, and snooped through his purchases.As proof, the hacker, who goes by the handle "orin0co," provided Kahney with what he claims is a screen shot of Jobs' purchase history.

Amazon declined to comment and Apple has refused to comment too.

I suppose this unknown person's claim is possible. But it doesn't look right to me.

The problem is the Amazon Web page URL that's displayed in the screenshot:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/flex/sign-in/select.html

If you actually go to the page that the screen shot purports to show -- Your Account > Where's My Stuff? -- and you select "Orders placed in the last 6 months," as the screen shot shows, the URL is different:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/history/view.html

What's more, it's trivial to alter any Amazon.com account to display the name "Steve Jobs." Just to go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/account/info/view.html?ie=UTF8&viewID=editName and type "Steve Jobs." All that stands in your way is a CAPTCHA challenge.

Now "orin0co's" screen shot could have been taken months ago, when Amazon's site behaved differently.

But to me it looks like a fake.

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