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
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
This is why I only keep about twenty bucks in my PayPal account. :)
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.
It wasn’t hacked, you are just holding iTunes wrong.
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.
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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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 most important thing, however, is to BUY fast not to download fast. You can download at leisure during the next weeks. iTunes will not stop you: It will only remind you that your (victims) credit card is not working and invite you to update your payment details.
So even if the thieves are "stopped" and cannot use your card any more, the fraudulent purchases can still be collected, weeks after the card is reported as stolen and the charges are disputed.
Elmer J. FUD, at your service.
This happened to me.
I learned about it because my iPhone would no longer update applications - even though showing updates were availabl
I went to my American Express online account and saw things
I hadn’t purchases. I called them and they handled the
fraud. I contacted Apple. They gave me back control of my
account (the scammer had changed my password and email).
All is well. Keep an eye open.
Tuesday July 06, 2010 12:59 PM EST
Written by Eric Slivka
Engadget reports that Apple has issued a statement on strange App Store rankings over the weekend that saw one Vietnamese developer grab nearly all of the top 50 positions in the App Store's Books category. While initial reports wondered if the App Store itself may have been hacked, in actuality it appears that a relatively small number of iTunes Store accounts compromised through other means were used to purchase the applications to drive their increase in ranking.
According to the statement released by Apple, the developer in question has been removed from the App Store for violation of the developer terms. The company also reminds users who have had their iTunes Store accounts or credit card numbers compromised to contact their financial institutions to request chargebacks and to change their passwords. Apple's statement reads:
The developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns.
Developers do not receive any iTunes confidential customer data when an app is downloaded.
If your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about canceling the card and issuing a chargeback for any unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately. For more information on best practices for password security visit http://www.apple.com/support/itunes.With over 100 million iTunes Store accounts, it is inevitable that some number of accounts will be compromised through any of a variety of reasons, from random guessing of passwords to social engineering tactics such as phishing. A concerted effort could easily gather information for a very small proportion of accounts, but still offer the ability to affect rankings in low-traffic App Store categories such as Books.
Apple Inc. removed an undisclosed number of applications from its popular App Store and acknowledged that a developer had engaged in fraudulent purchases