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  • Apple Takes Aim at BGR and Fake Steve Jobs Email



    Rumors on the World Wide Web go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. And while Apple has mostly dealt with rumors and erroneous reports by largely ignoring them, the Cupertino-based tech giant has done something rather unprecedented. It's calling out a media source that published false information.

    Recently, BGR published an alleged email correspondence between an angry iPhone 4 customer and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In the email exchange, Jobs responded to the harsh criticisms with terse, condescending remarks like: "You are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down." Within a short period of time, these comments from Steve Jobs exploded across the web and were taken as fact.

    The only problem is that an Apple spokesperson is explicitly addressing the story, which was first covered by BGR. According to Fortune, "Asked on the record whether Steve Jobs was the author of any of these statements, a top Apple spokesman emphatically denied it." Implying that BGR is basically reporting false information, the Apple spokesperson wanted to be clear - Steve Jobs didn't make the comments or draft the email that circulated around the web at lightning speed.

    Of course, it should be noted that the published email, while alleged to be fake, isn't necessarily the brainchild of BGR. In fact, there are hoaxsters just as there are hackers, and they get a thrill by convincing the big boys in print and online media to lend coverage to their fabricated stories. What's more, it's a safe bet that most readers, including our savvy readership at MMi, take every rumored email from Steve Jobs with a grain of salt - a practice that now more than ever warrants continuing.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Takes Aim at BGR and Fake Steve Jobs Email started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
      You may be right, or you could be wrong about the author. I personally don't pay attention to who writes an article on here and don't believe a dam* thing on the internet until I see it with my own two eyes. But my question is... if these articles bother you so much, why read them? Why don't you do something more then complain about who writes them and try to get on mmi as a writer yourself. I believe the phrase I'm looking for is... "Put up or shut up".

      Like I said. You may be right about this author. But don't complain if your not going to do anything about it.
      With this ridiculous logic, one should not complain about a damn thing he/she cannot change alone? Damn, I guess we shouldn't have complained about all the features the previous phones didn't have since each of us alone couldn't change a damn thing about that. Sam goes for politics. Why EVER disagree with what your government is doing? You alone cannot change it, right?

      Back to reality...
      One of the best things to be given about one's work is feedback. Complaining and pointing out flaws in cases like this is what keeps us moving forward (except maybe in the case of this MMI writer... or maybe we are just moving forward so slowly that we can't really tell).

      I take it you take constructive criticism very poorly to have written a post such as this?
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      The official response from apple sounds very much like this email chain from Jobs.
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      So which news site did mmi rip this article from, because if you actually investigate you will see these emails came from apple itself.

      Maybe Steve jobs doesn't monitor his inbox and has people reply but these did come from computers at apple.
    1. ethd's Avatar
      ethd -
      Quote Originally Posted by pjbtk View Post
      wow is it so far fetched to think that apple could lie and i don't know what the big deal is just wait for the patch. I don't know why everyone is up in arms over a BRAND NEW product having bugs, to the point that they are making class action law suits based on an antenna problem for a phone that is not even a month old, return the damn thing or sell it on ebay, i'll buy it, lol
      The fact that it's new excuses it from having any issues? I dunno about you, but when I buy a final product, I want a final product. I don't want the beta. That's why I don't buy Microsoft stuff.
    1. pjbtk's Avatar
      pjbtk -
      Quote Originally Posted by ethd View Post
      The fact that it's new excuses it from having any issues? I dunno about you, but when I buy a final product, I want a final product. I don't want the beta. That's why I don't buy Microsoft stuff.
      i love using beta stuff, don't u , maybe mac guys don't get to experience beta releases, linux and msft guys get them all the time. I guess we just have a higher tolerance for errors

      I just can't believe that there is this big of antenna problem. Maybe its a manufacturing problem, too many foxconn employees falling asleep on the job, lol
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by lewisdenny View Post
      i think it hilarious that a adult can act like such a child. if he did it why doesn't he just own up to it instead of blaming other people.
      Or perhaps if he didn't send it, Apple should pursue legal action.
    1. gmckay's Avatar
      gmckay -
      Here are the possiblilities

      1) The email was authored by Steve Jobs

      2) The email was authored by an associate who had access or authorization to Steve Jobs' email account.

      3) The email header was somehow spoofed.

      4) BGR is fabricating this story completely or in collusion with the complainant.


      Take your pick. But, try to see the truth without prejudice.
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      May be Steve is suffering that Sudden Insult Rampage illness like Grandma, but typing instead of talking.
    1. Faxmonkey's Avatar
      Faxmonkey -
      Quote Originally Posted by pyrotek View Post
      Anyone with skills can forge e-mail headers to say that it was received from anyone. Geez..

      Could spoof the originating IP and DNS name so it looked legit if you came and sat down at my desk to read it.. Would even look legit on the incoming server logs.

      Headers prove nothing these days people, unless there is a log of this on Apple's actual SMTP server take it with a grain of salt. I wonder what Apple's retention policy looks like.

      P.S. Look out for the nasty e-mail Steve is sending me tomorrow... lol - kidding
      Spoofing ip addresses only works one way. That is, I can send you a packet that says its from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, but when you try to respond with an "ack" to that IP, that IP will be like "IDKWTF you're talking about". Transferring a file like an email requires several "acks" and the file transfer won't actually work if you're spoofing your ip address.

      As for the headers, there was a time when any SMTP server would blindly accept any domain after "HELO" and any sender after "MAIL FROM" but those days are more or less gone, and anyways the header data will still show the originating server of the email (which SMTP server it was) and then its a trivial matter to check and see if that's an open relay. In order to fake it the headers with SMTP you'd have to have complete control over one of the servers involved.


      What you could do is fake up an email with fake headers on some server that you do control (any server) and then use IMAP to sync that email to your gmail account. Then someone could log into your gmail account and see that email there. However, I'm not 100% sure, but I do believe there is SOME indicator somewhere that Gmail received that email via an IMAP sync from another server. Assuming there is, you'd be able to detect falsified headers in that way.

      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      Delivered-To: [email protected]
      Received: by 10.223.120.9 with SMTP id b9cs118020far;
      Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:27:24 -0700 (PDT)
      Received: by 10.142.119.26 with SMTP id r26mr9657517wfc.257.1277872043323;
      Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:27:23 -0700 (PDT)
      Return-Path:
      Received: from mail-out3.apple.com (mail-out3.apple.com [17.254.13.22])
      by mx.google.com with ESMTP id h16si9548774rvn.123.2010.06.29.21.27.22;
      Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:27:23 -0700 (PDT)
      Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates 17.254.13.22 as permitted sender) client-ip=17.254.13.22;
      Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates 17.254.13.22 as permitted sender) smtp.mail=[email protected]

      Everyone gets free bumpers to fix "Signal" problem
      -Steve Jobs
      Sent from my iPhone

      Was that so hard?

      I like how people are such haters on the iPhone and how they have to find something wrong with it, no matter what. But when they fix the "signal" problems what are they going to find wrong with it next?
      Now all you have to do is find a way to upload that to your gmail account without altering the headers so that I can log into your email account and verify that the email is in fact "real". When you figure that part out, let us know.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      iBababooey'd lol