iTunes App Store and accounts hacked

Reports are flying in through Twitter, App Store reviews and on various forums around the web indicating that some users recent purchase history on iTunes have shown some fraudulent activity on Apps and books being purchased, according to Thenextweb.

Reports show that a Vietnamese developer, Thaut Nguyen, whose company name is “mycompany,” has a number of published books on the App Store, all of which are showing up on peoples invoices from iTunes. All of Thaut Nguyen's books have been removed from the App Store.

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+.

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

Users should check their iTunes account purchase history and see if there was any fraudulent activity recently.

Apple has yet to comment on the issue.

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I though Macs were more secure than Windows.... Wow, so a guy was able to cheat the App store, insert some fake books, then force users to buy several of them, without any action required from them. This is not phising, nobody was cheated into buying these books, the hacker made those transactions himself. I bet he could have stolen much more, since it shows that he got a great deal of control over serveral App Store processes.

Xenomorph said,
If some fools got phished, how is this Apple's fault?

In the eyes of some people here everything is apple fault.

LaP said,

In the eyes of some people here everything is apple fault.

In the eyes if hardcore Apple fanboys, everybody is at fault except their perfect Apple.

Xenomorph said,
If some fools got phished, how is this Apple's fault?

For the same reason that when a Windows user gets phished, it is Microsoft's fault.

"Yesterday my credit union contacted me saying there was suspicious activity on my debit card."
I got the same call, but I don't have a debit card o.O

Hasn't this happened before...? Little Evil Fockers (am I aloud to say that)

I just checked my account, although my password was OK and MS certified password I have changed this again. Although transactions will not show up for a couple of days, I just hope my account is OK. I have changed my password again.

max84 said,
Good thing I don't use iTunes anymore

Any account can be phished. In case of Phishing the security is you.

the developer should be forced to pay back all that he stole and removed from the apple store and a warning given and if steve failjobs gives a dumb excuse then up his.

soldier1st said,
the developer should be forced to pay back all that he stole and removed from the apple store and a warning given and if steve failjobs gives a dumb excuse then up his.

How do you know he stole all these accounts and money?

soldier1st said,
the developer should be forced to pay back all that he stole and removed from the apple store and a warning given and if steve failjobs gives a dumb excuse then up his.

Chances are they will be arrested and charged and possibly face jail time. Your stealing money from others and committing fraud.

Ok, I admit I was going to say something really totally against Apple and rude...but **** happens...Google/Youtube got hit as well.

Interesting. something was funky with my account Friday night. I tried to buy a song from the iTMS but it wouldnt let me. Kept wanting me to update my billing info, even though everything was correct, it just wouldn't work. Tried it again yesterday, and it worked fine, with the same info.

I'm thankful right now that I googled how to create an account without a credit card tied to it. PS, totally an article someone should write and post here.

Apple is not looking too good right now and refunds better get issued fast or i foresee more law suits in the future for Apple. Steve Jobs i present to you the slow and painful death of Apple Inc.

Yup, I was hacked as well. Saw 7 separate charges in the amount of $150 with the description "Original Gangstaz, 2700 Street Cred, Seller: Addmired, Inc "

Clever buggers did it over the long holiday while banking institutions will remain closed till Tuesday.

It's likely that no more accounts have been phished than usual, and that only now people are noticing this and going "oh, me too!". And how was the app store hacked exactly?

First, phishing/stealing accounts != hacking the app store.
Second, guy is a moron for only buying his stuff. Should have spread it around to make it harder to find who was behind it.

episode said,
First, phishing/stealing accounts != hacking the app store.
Second, guy is a moron for only buying his stuff. Should have spread it around to make it harder to find who was behind it.

+2
Complex passwords people. And be smart about where you enter your info.

episode said,
First, phishing/stealing accounts != hacking the app store.
Second, guy is a moron for only buying his stuff. Should have spread it around to make it harder to find who was behind it.

Then how would he have made money from it?

Teebor said,

Then how would he have made money from it?


The point is that he ONLY bought his apps. If he had bought his apps, along with apps from other developers, it would have made it a little harder to find him (although not much harder).