Apple's music store becomes target of phishers

Scam Watch

June 01, 2008|By Dan Thanh Dang

iTunes users, beware. Someone's phishing for your personal data online.

Technology news source Computerworld Inc. says phishers have targeted users of Apple Inc.'s music store by sending people spam e-mails that tell users that they must correct a problem with their iTunes account.

The e-mail includes a link that leads users to a site posing as an iTunes billing update page.

The phony page then asks for information, including your credit card number and security code, Social Security number and mother's maiden name.

The warning comes to Computerworld via Proofpoint Inc., an e-mail security firm, which said that while attacks against the usual companies like PayPal, eBay and Citibank are common, this is the first time it has seen Apple as the target.

While iTunes users are considered more technologically savvy, Proofpoint's Andrew Lockhart told Computerworld that the popularity of iTunes coupled with its younger users' propensity for sharing personal data on MySpace and other networking Web sites makes them attractive targets for attackers.

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