The US Patent & Trademark Office published eleven patent applications from Apple Inc. today. The notables within this group include one pertaining to MobileMe (which was posted earlier this morning) and two others relating to new security measures that Apple is working on to combat viruses, trojan horses and perhaps more importantly, identity theft. Identity theft is on the rise, affecting almost 10 million victims in 2008 which was a whopping 22% increase over 2007, according to recent statistics. According to Fortune, Mac owners are richer: 36% have household incomes greater than $100,000, compared with 21% of all U.S. consumers. In context, those who were twice as likely to be victims of identity theft were households with incomes higher than $70,000, according to a US DOJ 2005 report. So it stands to reason that Apple is focusing on how to combat this threat facing their customer base – and today we see two highly detailed patents on the topic of security.