iTunes Scammers At It Again
March 9, 2011 2:37 PM Subscribe
A thread at Apple's Support site
posted by Khazk (71 comments total)
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has popped up with frustrated users describing nearly identical iTunes account disruptions: up to hundreds of dollars of charges are being racked up by fraudulent buyers, using iTunes gift card balances and even credit card information to fund the purchases.
The most common occurrence is the purchase of a cheap, Chinese-branded Texas-Hold-Em gaming application, with an additional "in-app" purchase of game chips at higher prices. Users are reporting account withdrawals on balances as old as a year. The volume of identical reports and similar purchase patterns suggest that this is an isolated event. Apple has responded by refunding some affected users' accounts, but maintains that their service is "secure" and is urging users to follow safer internet practices. Their support website includes links to iTunes update 10.2, which fixes over 50 critical bugs
with the software, including (unrelated) "man-in-the-middle"
vulnerabilities in the Webkit software module.
Similar incidents have been disregarded by Apple, even with somewhat convincing examples and contexts provided by "knowledgeable" users
; the common consensus
is that users' email account and password information is being ripped from other websites (including forums, file-sharing sites, etc.) and simply plugged into iTunes by phishers/hackers.
This isn't the first time Apple's Store has been the conduit for channeling funds: the gift card algorithm was cracked in 2009
, and more recently, stolen iTunes accounts have been auctioned off on TaoBao
, the Chinese equivalent of eBay.
iTunes (and the newly released App Store) is just another avenue for cybercrime, providing a quick and easy way to transfer funds to fraudsters. Since 65% of adults worldwide
have been victims of cybercrime, it is important to know that there are resources available