According to Cult of Mac‘s Leander Kahney, a hacker by the name of “orin0co” had phished Steve Jobs’ Amazon password using a fake Amazon page awhile ago and has been pulling data out of it for the last few years. He’s recently been sending out screenshots to journalists saying the highest bidder will get the pharmed information. He/she claims that the purchasing record includes 20,000 items over the last 10 years. Who says no one reads anymore?!
If true, this could be quite a crime. However, a screenshot and an email aren’t really enough to believe this person yet. You could just change your name to "Steve Jobs" in Amazon’s settings, take some screenshots and wammo! Look! We got Barack Obama’s Amazon account!!
Maybe Leander is the one being phished. We’ll keep an eye on how/if this develops.
The email is pasted below:
The reason am writing to you is that your book is among first to
sell in amazon:
I will try to be as short as possible:
2 years ago, I set a amazon.com fake page, and sent emails to different IT people around the globe. Among some other unknown person, Steve Jobs got my mail, he didn’t notice the scam I set so he “updated” his amazon account with data( name, address, credit card number, phone, amazon user and password) which I received, sent to my mail.
Now, it was not my intention to misuse his account (which is still untouched!), the sole purpose was if the “scam” was so perfect that even IT Guru’s will fall on it.
I saw you are the bestseller with a book on S.Jobs, I still have access on his amazon.com account, with all his purchase/interest details for 6-7 years. Now I just checked again, and he didn’t use it since December 22 last year, for reasons known to us.
I intent to sell this information, that’s why I picked you as first on the list.
If you are not interested, am sure other book authors on SJ life (Jeffrey Young, William Simon, Alan Deutschman, Anthony Imbimbo, Daniel Lyons or any others) will be very interested to know about this.
Hope to hear from you,
p.s. I can provide “print screens” logged in SJ amazon account.