App Store iTunes Accounts Attacked by Hackers, Watch Out!

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Appears to be solely the work of a developer Vietnamese, who in a couple of days elevated exponentially gross sales of his books in App Retailer, coming to occupy smartly forty two out of fifty positions on this classification within the Retailer. Managing to violate the bills, the attacker then used them to purchase his books, from time to time even attending to spend greater than $ 600 by way of the more than a few bank cards. The precise choice of customers has no longer but been cheated disclosed, however is already discuss of lots of bills violated.

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In the last hours it seems that the problem is expanding to other countries, there's news of people cheated in the UK and Italy. We recommend that youimmediately change the password of your account, and if you can also dissociated the credit card so you do not have any problem. Stay tuned for more updates on iPhone Guide.

Some complaints from Twitter and MacRumors forum:

Yesterday my credit union contacted me saying there was suspicious activity on my debit card. Sure enough over 10 transactions in the $40-$50 area all on iTunes equaling to $558. This is definitely a problem, since then I’ve e-mailed MSNBC hoping they’ll pick up the story and investigate this problem. — srslylia

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A small $1.00-$3.00 charge, then random navigation apps totalling around $190.00. Cancelled the card and now working with credit union to get the charges removed.

I will never use my debit card with Itunes again. –tofublock

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I also received a receipt via  email on my “Purchases” on 7/2/10. I made the mistake of storing my debit card on the itunes store app. I have run into the exact same responses that other users are reporting–only email as a method of contact.

That response was
to tell me how to change passwords, etc. – stock answers and to also tell me of no refunds. I was an internet technician for years so the iTunes advise was second nature for me but with little hope for “fixing” the issue since I believe that the breach was on the iTunes server — beccid63

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And this is not just limited to US based iTunes accounts only, some users from UK have reported similar problem.

I’ve just noticed my iTunes account has been hacked in the past week. Someone has downloaded 8 apps and two songs totalling £61.70. The most expensive being an app called All Match by CharismaIST for £54.99! The other apps seem to be based on photographer like Camera One, Night Shot, Camera Flash Ultra. Surely Apple won’t pay out to these developers. I have changed my password and put in an email complaint to iTunes so we’ll see how it goes.

What You Should Do Now?

1. Change your iTunes Password as soon as possible.

2. Check your recent purchases history. If any suspicious activity has been found, report back to Apple.

3. Remove your payment/credit card details by setting the “Payment Method” to “None” until Apple has a fix to the problem.[via Engadget]

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