TED Global: Misha Glenny Says ‘Hire The Hackers’

The TED talks have long been famous for introducing a wide (albeit wired) audience to The Next Big Thing, whether it was Jeff Hann at NYU demonstrating the Minority Report-style touch-sensitive user interfaces in 2006 – years before the iPhone hit the market – or MIT’s David Merrill’s demonstration of stackable mini computers called Siftables. (OK – we’re not sure yet what the heck you can use those for.)

iTunes Users Puzzle, Fume Over Account Hacks

Terry Coffey of Anchorage, Alaska, said that he first became aware of a problem with his iTunes account when he received a receipt for a $50 iTunes gift card purchase. Coffey, who says he’s careful with his money, was immediately suspicious and investigated the charge, but couldn’t find any record of it on any of his credit card statements. A closer look at his iTunes account revealed why: unknown assailants had seized control of his account and modified the credit card information associated with it. A different credit card number had been used, listing and Coffey’s address had been changed from Anchorage to a city in Tennessee. The fraudulent credit card account was used to purchase the gift card as well as a single iTunes song, Coffey said.

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