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.
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Thanks for the info!
Apparently the walled garden has been breached... And people are getting nailed for hundreds of dollars of app downloads.
You evil hater
Sorry, that’s GD EVIL, LYING, FUD SPREADING SINNER AGAINST APPLE to you...;)
At least I pinged Swordmaker so he can come here and tell me that I’m a liar, it’s all FUD and there is no problem. And not complain for some reason that a thread that dealt with Apple was not given to him immediately (although I don’t know the problem about that)...
Thankfully I have no credit card on file with Itunes..learned my lesson a few years ago when I had my Visa in Itunes, someone was able to steal it and made about 200 bucks worth of purchases for apps and cheesy movies
So you’re saying this isn’t a new problem?
This is why I only keep about twenty bucks in my PayPal account. :)
That's impossible, we've all been told time and again there has never been a security breach of any Apple product "in the wild"...;)
At least you won't lose money this time! And don't trust the App ratings either, since they're gamed as well, apparently...
Sounds like Apple needs a PCI audit. On average every account they’ve lost will cost slightly more than $200 to repair. Thats restitution, penalties to the card issuers, possible legal trouble from the card owners, and cost of replacing the cards.
Could be higher of course. If they’ve lost enough account they’ll be forced into some very expensive corrective actions.
My mother had someone clean out her bank account through Itunes a while back. Apple didn’t seem to care one way or the other but the bank cared a lot and gave her the money back and went after Itunes themselves.
Those are the actions of a company that cares more about the bottom line than the satisfaction of their customers, not a company that's supposed to "Think Different"! ;)
Not a new problem. The person who hacked into my apple account was some guy in China..I called Visa right away and canceled the card. This crap isn’t new..happens all the time. I don’t buy anything from Itunes anymore
My mother bought a news report about trucking to write an article with some of the info. Several months lated she started getting hit with major purchases of music downloads she never bought.
She got it straightened out but it was with no help from apple or itunes.
Yep. But from post 13, it sounds like Apple will say “screw you” and ignore it, let the credit card company come after them. Just like a cold, calculating “bottom line oriented corporation”, not a caring entity.
Funny, I claimed that a week ago in another thread and was pilloried for it. Now we see that, in fact, Apple cares more about the bottom line than a given user’s satisfaction or experience. They’ll only care about an issue if it becomes large enough to affect enough users in a significant enough manner to threaten their profitability.
Apple: Think Different (about us; while we’re the same dollar-driven bastards as the rest of the industry we rail against, we still want you to ignore that and consider us blameless in all things)
It wasn’t hacked, you are just holding iTunes wrong.
Is there a $30 rubber band I can buy that will secure my iTunes account?
All companies that accept credit cards have agreements with the card companies. Penalties for stuff like this start at $500,000 dollars. Technically Apple is required to report incidents like this but they probably do it on an individual account basis thereby avoiding the repercussions.
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