Apple squashes e-store ID bug

Monday, 5 May 2003, 6:27 PM EST

Apple Computer said it fixed a security flaw at its online store late last week that could have enabled attackers to hijack customers' accounts and place fraudulent orders.

The flaw, discovered by an anonymous Canadian security researcher who uses the nickname "Null," potentially allowed malicious users to change Apple Store customers' passwords and gain control of the victims' account data.

Information stored by Apple includes customers' names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, order histories and credit card information.

To steal an Apple Store customer's account, a malicious user merely needed to know the victim's e-mail address.

Once in control of an account, an attacker potentially could have ordered computer products from the store or downloaded music from Apple's new iTunes Music Store using the victim's credit card number on file.

An intruder would not, however, have been able to retrieve the complete credit card number and use it outside of the Apple Store.

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