Skip to comments.App Store, Hacked. (Updated: iTunes Accounts too.)
Posted on 07/04/2010 7:02:00 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier
Two iPhone App developers have spotted what appears to be a hacking of the App store rankings by a rogue developer. The rankings in the books category of the US iTunes store features 40 out of 50 apps by the same app developer, Thuat Nguyen.
Whats more concerning is that it seems individuals iTunes accounts have been hacked to make mass purchases of that one developers apps.
(Excerpt) Read more at thenextweb.com ...
“It wasnt hacked, you are just holding iTunes wrong.”
LOL you owe me a new keyboard.
While the credit union shouldn’t have allowed it to happen, they at least made it right and helped her set it up so no purchases from iTunes could be made without the bank calling her first.
Also a good statement on credit unions.
The only way you should ever buy anything online:
Get a credit card that allows you to create virtual cards with dollar and time limits.
No need for that, just don’t use a debit card. Review all charges to credit cards every month.
How is that easier or safer?
Well, like mnehring said, it’s obviously the user who’s using iTunes wrong, it’s not Apple’s fault!
I wonder if tomorrow we’ll see a bunch of open Apple headcount recs for IT security experts...;)
Its easier because you don’t have the hassle of the temp accounts. Its just as safe because either way your exposure is limited to $50 and even that is usually waived.
Either way you are responsible for reviewing your charges and disputing fake ones.
I had someone buy something on my itunes account about a month ago. Some weird rap song that I would never have purchased. They did it through Paypal. I disputed the charge and it was put back into my account. I didn’t really think anything of it at the time as it was for only $1.29 but it ticked me off enough to dispute the charge.
“I wonder if tomorrow well see a bunch of open Apple headcount recs for IT security experts...;)”
I’ll send them an unsolicited proposal for a PCI audit. Might just cause a few problems when I bring my windows test machine in to scan their environment. :)
Could have been a mistake, could have been a test transaction. Sometimes they’ll try small transactions first to see if the account is valid.
Maybe you don’t understand what a virtual card is and does.
When I want to purchase something online, from a value of $1.00 to thousands, I log in to my credit card account, in one minute I create a one time use number filled with a monetary value and expiration date I desire. I use it.
I don’t care if it’s hacked, traded, whatever, I don’t have to ever care, it’s useless to anyone after that one purchase.
How long before Apple blames Microsoft...
App Store and iTunes Store users accounts are being charged for fraudulent purchases. Regardless of how his is being done, watch your email for purchase receipts from Apple for items you didn't buy and check your recent purchase history at Apple. If you find suspicious activity, notify both Apple and your credit card company and/or your bank immediately!
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Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. Guess which one you are.
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. Guess which one you are.
wow I wonder how they hacked the accounts. What’s worse is that there’s an incentive to hack to raise one’s apps to the top of the list.
The Mac OS? The iTunes app? The Apple applications online store? PayPal? The credit card accounts?
Bit-sniffing over public wireless connections?
Gotta know specifics on where the hole is before attempting to patch it.
You know, Puget, your protests that you aren't anti-Apple would ring a lot truer if you weren't quite so giggly and gleeful in your posts about problems relating to Apple. But you have the right to do so, and I'm not telling you to stop. Just sayin', you give yourself away.
OTOH, it's not fair to prejudge what Swordmaker's reaction will be. He's brought a fair number of Apple's failures to FR threads.
Your taunt is just trying to start a fight. At the moment, you are trolling. And I think even in your glee you will have to admit that.
So please cut it out. It's unworthy. Thank you.
In fact I see that Swordmaker has posted a comment that is supportive of the thread concern, and he thanks you for the thread post. You might want to offer him a (small) apology for judging wrongly.
By the way, is this problem corroborated anywhere else, or is it just one blog post? I'm just starting to read about it, so I don't have perspective yet.
I appreciate your comments; however, history is that - even if proven correct - I will still be condemned by most as an Apple hater. Even when I prove my case, they will refuse to recant their charges of liar and FUD spreader. And thus I claim those labels as trophies of their refusal to be honest.
I must admit, I am surprised Swordmaker didn’t burst in with a “FUD” charge first, as has happened every other time, even when my posts are completely accurate and truthful. Perhaps he’s learning that just because I post something that he thinks is negative towards Apple, it does not make it false.
As a few other FReepers have posted above, iTunes accounts have been hacked before, and apparently are being hacked again.
So far I've seen articles on CNet and Engadget, and they all refernce the TNW blog.
I don't see any corroboration, just parroting.
Not that that weakens the report -- but corroboration will make it stronger.
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