The other day Neowin reported that iTunes accounts were compromised and one rogue developer managed to get 42 of the top 50 sales positions on iTunes. Apple has finally responded to the fraudulent activity on iTunes.
In a reply to Engadget, Apple confirms the reports of one rogue developer, Thaut Nguyen, who somehow managed to hijack accounts and download his books. Although it's not completely confirmed that Thaut Nguyen was officially behind the account hijacking, but reports around the Internet show unauthorized purchasing of his books on various accounts.
“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.”
Some users are stating that there is upwards of $600 worth of purchases, all of which they did not make. The purchases made were mostly books from Thaut, and some random applications found throughout iTunes App Store. Some purchases were as small as $1 dollar, with some transactions exceeding $90+.
Make sure to double check your iTunes purchase history and report any fraudulent activity to Apple and your bank.
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