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« on: April 04, 2011, 18:56 »
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Maybe others have already pointed this out, but I just noticed a couple more recent posts about CC fraud involving iStock here: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-403-265-3062/5   I imagine only a very small percentage of CC fraud victims would post over there so it seems to me that there's probably still a fair amount going on....


« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 19:02 »
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Wow. Look at that one post from February. $16,000!  :o

Someone is  good at hacking to get credit card info.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2011, 20:20 by caspixel »

« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 19:26 »
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No, it can't be true. They had a conference call and apparently everything at Istock was OK because Istock said so.

« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011, 20:21 »
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No, it can't be true. They had a conference call and apparently everything at Istock was OK because Istock said so.

Correct, all participants of the phone call were assured that IS will do everything humanly possible. Obama has been informed and the armed forces are on stand-by.
As soon as the IT department at IS has resolved the IP addresses of the culprits the missile attacks will be launched.

As I just learned, the IT staff is still at school. Right after they had lunch and did their biology homework they will get right on it.

« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011, 20:29 »
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IS will do everything humanly possible.

There's your problem right there.

« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2011, 20:32 »
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IS will do everything humanly possible.

There's your problem right there.

Are you implying that IS staff is extraterrestrial?  :o

« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011, 20:34 »
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I don't think the hackers will find any of my images right now.

« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2011, 20:39 »
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Well, all the Vetta images are front and center so iStock is making it really easy for them. The can lightbox the whole page and buy with one fell swoop.

helix7

« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011, 20:49 »
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After the conference call I made the prediction that another round of fraud deductions would take place at istock during this year. So far, it looks like my prediction is a bit more likely to come true.
 

ayzek

« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2011, 00:59 »
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I don't think the hackers will find any of my images right now.
:D

« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2011, 06:12 »
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Maybe others have already pointed this out, but I just noticed a couple more recent posts about CC fraud involving iStock here: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-403-265-3062/5   I imagine only a very small percentage of CC fraud victims would post over there so it seems to me that there's probably still a fair amount going on....


There's one "recent" post from April 2nd.  Nothing else is anything we haven't already seen and discussed.

« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2011, 10:28 »
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Maybe others have already pointed this out, but I just noticed a couple more recent posts about CC fraud involving iStock here: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-403-265-3062/5   I imagine only a very small percentage of CC fraud victims would post over there so it seems to me that there's probably still a fair amount going on....


There's one "recent" post from April 2nd.  Nothing else is anything we haven't already seen and discussed.


that's what I was thinking, but that last one from 4/2/2011 about the charge being posted 3/29/2011 is a little worrying.  If one person looked up and posted on this website how many others got a charge that did NOT bother to search online and post about it?  I thought the fraud was under control, but if there was fraud that posted as recently as 3/29/2011 that seems to be an issue. 

« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2011, 10:48 »
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I don't think the hackers will find any of my images right now.
:D

Fraud is so big that they even found my!!!!

« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2011, 11:02 »
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If one person looked up and posted on this website how many others got a charge that did NOT bother to search online and post about it? 

Yep, that was basically my point in posting.  I haven't followed it quite as closely as some have I guess, but I figure two fraud issues reported to that site alone in the past couple weeks is significant - if nothing else, it tells us iStock hasn't been able to plug the hole that's allowing them in.

« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2011, 20:11 »
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If one person looked up and posted on this website how many others got a charge that did NOT bother to search online and post about it? 

Yep, that was basically my point in posting.  I haven't followed it quite as closely as some have I guess, but I figure two fraud issues reported to that site alone in the past couple weeks is significant - if nothing else, it tells us iStock hasn't been able to plug the hole that's allowing them in.

I wonder if this could be something that these people could write to the BBB in Canada about?

« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2011, 01:22 »
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Hi everyone. I am new here and was trying to start a new topic about this under the iStock message board, but don't have the option of starting a new post. Is that normal for new members on this forum?

Meanwhile, I thought I would add my message to this old post on the subject since I can at least add replies to existing posts. About half an hour ago, in a matter of about 1 hour's time, I had about 12-13 XXL downloads on iStock in a row. All the same type of pictures as well. It is a bit worrying in terms of possible fraud I would say. Has anyone had any similar patterns of downloads in the last 2 hours or so?

Cheers...

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2011, 02:01 »
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don't have the option of starting a new post. Is that normal for new members on this forum?


Welcome to the forum!
Yes, it's a security measure - you can't start a new thread until you have at least one post, it's explained here:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/newby-discussion/why-can%27t-i-start-a-new-thread/

Regarding the cc frauds, I didn't have any recently luckily but it's important that we keep posting here as they happen

« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2011, 02:14 »
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Welcome to the forum!
Yes, it's a security measure - you can't start a new thread until you have at least one post, it's explained here:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/newby-discussion/why-can%27t-i-start-a-new-thread/

Regarding the cc frauds, I didn't have any recently luckily but it's important that we keep posting here as they happen


Cheers for that. I wasn't actually suggesting it was fraud for sure though. I am only trying to determine if it might be and if there was a pattern forming today on iStock and/or if it was an isolated case. I do hope they are legit sales of course, for various reasons obviously, and was hoping to compare notes with anyone that might have experienced any similar activity today.

Thanks.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2011, 03:43 »
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Welcome to the forum!
Yes, it's a security measure - you can't start a new thread until you have at least one post, it's explained here:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/newby-discussion/why-can%27t-i-start-a-new-thread/

Regarding the cc frauds, I didn't have any recently luckily but it's important that we keep posting here as they happen


Cheers for that. I wasn't actually suggesting it was fraud for sure though. I am only trying to determine if it might be and if there was a pattern forming today on iStock and/or if it was an isolated case. I do hope they are legit sales of course, for various reasons obviously, and was hoping to compare notes with anyone that might have experienced any similar activity today.

Thanks.


I don't have that experience, but it might be worth contacting Support, if possible by phone for a quick answer. That could put your mind at rest if it's legit (odd for a Sunday, for sure), but could prompt them into checking it out if there might be an issue.

« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2011, 07:52 »
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Someone is  good at hacking to get credit card info.

Unfortunately for us, it's easy-peasy lemon-squeezy to steal credit card info.

« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2011, 11:33 »
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Apparently in Florida and Texas the thieves love it
when people use their credit or debit cards at the
gas pump as they harvest thousands of cards daily!

RacePhoto

« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2011, 15:08 »
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Apparently in Florida and Texas the thieves love it
when people use their credit or debit cards at the
gas pump as they harvest thousands of cards daily!


It's called skimming and they actually install a second reader and a camera, to record your card information and PIN number. (ATMs are a favorite) For anyone who wanted to know the facts instead of a quick swipe at it.

http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/gas-station-card-skimmers-1282.php

http://www.snopes.com/fraud/atm/atmcamera.asp

I still haven't figured out why people would steal large numbers of stock images unless they were going to re-market them, which means they not only steal the downloads, but they have a resale value. They aren't getting used on Websites and in print media!  >:(   Double fraud.

If the card numbers and authorization are real and the CC company accepts the charge (it's their security not IS as I've tried to point out before) then the problem isn't IS but the CC companies.


 

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