Does iTunes (and iCloud) have a systemic security problem? [updated]

John Gruber doesn’t think so, but my experience and the experiences of countless others seems to show otherwise.

Back in late-January of this year, I received a curious email from Apple, indicating that my credit card information and billing address listed in my iTunes Store account had ben recently changed. Now, I never keep credit cards on file with retailers, nor do I have the iTMS linked to PayPal. I strictly adhere to a policy of making music, app and video purchases using only gift card balance, mainly out of concern that credit card account information stored anywhere outside my wallet or my noggin is inherently vulnerable, so I avoid it, when possible.

I logged into my iTunes account and found that, while my street address remained the same, my house had been magically transported to Townson, MD 21286-7840. Furthermore, my account balance, which had been about $34 the evening before, now hovered around 12¢. Apparently, after teleporting to Townson, I went on a spending spree, buying Fruit Ninja, Fruit Ninja HD, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Seasons HD, Plants vs Zombies, Plants vs Zombies HD, and so on, including a mystery lifestyle app titled “27000+ 天下美食.” Continue reading

Mac History

Retired Macs

  • Macintosh SE
  • Macintosh LC
  • Macintosh Quadra 660av
  • Powerbook 1400c/166
  • PowerMacintosh 7500
  • PowerMacintosh 9500/180MHz dual (upgraded to G3/400)
  • PowerMacintosh G3 (Yosemite) (upgraded to G4)
  • iBook 12″ (Dual USB)
  • Powerbook G4/867MHz 15″ Titanium
  • PowerMacintosh G4/450MHz Cube (upgraded to 1GHz)
  • PowerMacintosh G3 All-In-One
  • iMac G3/700MHz (Summer 2001)
  • Powerbook G4/1.33GHz 15″ Aluminum
  • Mac mini 1.42GHz – A/V entertainment server
  • Mac mini 1.42GHz – backup server
  • PowerMacintosh G5/2.0GHz dual
  • MacBook Pro 2.16GHz 15″
  • MacBook Pro 2.66GHz 15″ (Late 2008)
  • Mac Pro Dual 2.66GHz (2007)

Active Macs

  • PowerMacintosh G4/450MHz Cube (G4/1.2GHz) – backup webserver
  • Mac mini 2.0GHz (Core2Duo) – web/mail server
  • Mac mini 2.0GHz (Core2Duo) – A/V entertainment server
  • MacBook Pro 2.6GHz i7 15″ (Mid 2012)
  • Mac Pro 2.93GHz (2009)

…and on the drums:

  • iPod [5GB] – retired
  • iPod (Dock Connector) [10GB] – retired
  • iPod shuffle [1GB]
  • iPod photo [60GB] – retired
  • iPhone 2.5G [8GB] – retired
  • iPod Classic [120GB]
  • iPod Classi [160GB]
  • iPod shuffle 2G [2GB]
  • iPhone 4 CDMA [16GB] – retired
  • iPhone 5s [32GB]

The Macintosh Office

Who says Macs aren’t for the business environment? Since 1997, I have been directly responsible for the authorizing purchases of the following Macs for my various places of work:

  • PowerMacintosh 8600
  • PowerMacintosh 9600
  • PowerMacintosh G3 (Yosemite)
  • PowerMacintosh G4 (Sawtooth)
  • PowerMacintosh G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • PowerMacintosh G4 (Digital Audio)
  • PowerMacintosh G4 (MDD) x2
  • PowerMacintosh G4 (FW800) x2
  • PowerMacintosh G5 x3
  • iMac (Flat Panel)
  • iBook (Early 2003) x4
  • PowerBook G4 (1Ghz)
  • Mac mini x2
  • xServe G4 x2
  • xServe G5
  • PowerBook (15″ FW800)
  • Mac Pro x4
  • iMac (Mid 2007)
  • iMac (Late 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15″ Mid 2010) x2