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  • Fraud, Hack Attacks Becoming Major Concerns for Apple



    There was a time when Apple's biggest hacker concern pertained to iPhone users modding and jailbreaking their handsets. Today, the powers that be in Cupertino have bigger worries to contend with. In recent days and weeks, Apple has been the target of more than one substantive hack attack. And this issue extends far beyond fraudulent Steve Jobs' emails and fake online correspondence between Apple and its concerned customers.

    Over the weekend, reports surfaced that all of the App Store applications created by "mycompany" have been pulled following a discovery that this suspected "rogue developer" was up to no good and attempted, among other endeavors, to hack App Store rankings. Other troubling incidents recount users reporting that their individual iTunes accounts have been falsely authorized to purchase large quantities of songs and other digital content. To be clear, these issues do not involve only one lone developer. As a result, digital security analysts have already begun weighing in what appears to be a much more widespread if not concerted effort to hack iTunes and rip off an incalculable number of customers.

    Although few took the consideration seriously just a short while ago, there is more chatter than ever about the future of organized crime. Digital content could very well represent the target of future illegal behavior from groups and organizations that spread out their efforts and work in tandem to achieve what amounts to digital highway robbery. Nonetheless, the swelling security concerns for Apple have bubbled to the forefront of the company's security priorities. With some customers now reporting erroneous purchases of hundreds of dollars worth of digital content, it isn't difficult to imagine the criminal incentive behind such acts and the headaches for Apple and its customers that continue to result from these attacks.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fraud, Hack Attacks Becoming Major Concerns for Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. Sulfer's Avatar
      Sulfer -
      Quote Originally Posted by donkeykongking View Post
      hurp durp, but i thought apple products never got viruses or spam, hurp durrreep
      Viruses, spam, identity theft, phishing etc are all different
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      LOL. Wut?

      It's not Apple's fault some thief steals a bunch of credit card numbers.

      You're not even paying attention, this happens all over the internet.
      I can't even believe we have people this stupid at modmyi.

      it absolutely is Apple's fault. they built and maintained the system, which includes all security features. it's their job to make sure it's secure or they shouldn't be asking for our credit card information and keeping it on file in their databases. If you don't have the technical skill to secure a database full of private financial data, you shouldn't be in the business of collecting such information. Ever.

      Did anyone not blame Microsoft for security holes that viruses used to exploit? How about Adobe when it came to Flash/Acrobat exploits? PayPal when they were having issues? No, they shouldered the blame because it was their system and they built it. They are responsible for its stability and security (end-user stupidity not included).

      This should also go without saying: if any of you have the same e-mail address and password for your iTunes account as you do for web forums and random web businesses that you signed up an account for...you should change it. that wasn't smart of you.
    1. infamouspally's Avatar
      infamouspally -
      my brother had that happen to him i havent yet but i use refillable cards so i dont have to worry about that thankfully i did that from start instead of putting my debit/credit cards on itunes
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by infamouspally View Post
      my brother had that happen to him i havent yet but i use refillable cards so i dont have to worry about that thankfully i did that from start instead of putting my debit/credit cards on itunes
      that's a wise decision. pre-paid cards = no chance for serious fraud. (I guess someone could use up your pre-paid card amount...but that'd be the extent of the damage)
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I have $1.85 left on an apple gift card from Xmas in itunes. Knock yourself out...........
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Real reason why itunes is hacked:
      Apple Store / iTunes App Store Hacked? Here’s How | Obama Pacman

      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      It's not their fault that their devices and softwares are some of the easiest to hack? I think you've been drinking too much SteveJobs kool aid.


      There was a hackers summit a month ago, and Apple softwares were by far the least secure. But hey, it's not Apple's fault people have the knowledge to break their weak-*** programs.
      Drinking ihatoraid much?

      Sorry, but you fail to understand the basic fact that the conference is basically sponsored by Apple competitors, and stacked so Apple products are "hacked first."

      Pwn2Own Hacking Contest Host, Security Conference CanSecWest Partly Microsoft Sponsored | Obama Pacman
    1. Forgoten Dynasty's Avatar
      Forgoten Dynasty -
      I don't understand why apple doesn't make us submit our source code when we upload our binarys to itunes connect. Wouldn't that make the process faster to approve, Safer for users and quicker to find private API's?
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      Quote Originally Posted by consultant View Post
      Real reason why itunes is hacked:
      Apple Store / iTunes App Store Hacked? Here’s How | Obama Pacman



      Drinking ihatoraid much?

      Sorry, but you fail to understand the basic fact that the conference is basically sponsored by Apple competitors, and stacked so Apple products are "hacked first."

      Pwn2Own Hacking Contest Host, Security Conference CanSecWest Partly Microsoft Sponsored | Obama Pacman
      You FAIL at realizing that I will never trust nor read anything from a website named obama pacman. Keep drinking the kool aid. apple rocks, yeah apple booyahhhh
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      Perhaps it's best to use only gift cards in connection to your apple account for purchases.
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      I can't even believe we have people this stupid at modmyi.

      it absolutely is Apple's fault. they built and maintained the system, which includes all security features. it's their job to make sure it's secure or they shouldn't be asking for our credit card information and keeping it on file in their databases. If you don't have the technical skill to secure a database full of private financial data, you shouldn't be in the business of collecting such information. Ever.

      Did anyone not blame Microsoft for security holes that viruses used to exploit? How about Adobe when it came to Flash/Acrobat exploits? PayPal when they were having issues? No, they shouldered the blame because it was their system and they built it. They are responsible for its stability and security (end-user stupidity not included).

      This should also go without saying: if any of you have the same e-mail address and password for your iTunes account as you do for web forums and random web businesses that you signed up an account for...you should change it. that wasn't smart of you.
      Do you not understand what happened here? Is it Apple's fault that a stolen credit card was used to purchase goods? There's even someone in this thread saying their card was used, and they don't have an Itunes account. How did that happen?

      I steal $50 out your wallet (assuming you have $50), and spend it in KFC, is that KFC's fault as well?

      Your use of different font colours and underlining doesn't make your argument have any more credibility.

      Hand in your bank cards, your cheque book, your driving license your Boy Scout ID, hand in your passport, hand in your SS card, cancel your bank account, stop using the internet. They all have security issues.

      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      It's not their fault that their devices and softwares are some of the easiest to hack? I think you've been drinking too much SteveJobs kool aid.


      There was a hackers summit a month ago, and Apple softwares were by far the least secure. But hey, it's not Apple's fault people have the knowledge to break their weak-*** programs.
      Any evidence that Apple software is 'easy' to hack? I mean, you have some technical expertise in that area, right?
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      Do you not understand what happened here? Is it Apple's fault that a stolen credit card was used to purchase goods? There's even someone in this thread saying their card was used, and they don't have an Itunes account. How did that happen?

      I steal $50 out your wallet (assuming you have $50), and spend it in KFC, is that KFC's fault as well?

      Your use of different font colours and underlining doesn't make your argument have any more credibility.

      Hand in your bank cards, your cheque book, your driving license your Boy Scout ID, hand in your passport, hand in your SS card, cancel your bank account, stop using the internet. They all have security issues.



      Any evidence that Apple software is 'easy' to hack? I mean, you have some technical expertise in that area, right?
      Yup. Some people are clueless and would like to remain that way in their basement / under their bridge.
    1. Maerlyn13's Avatar
      Maerlyn13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moudy View Post
      Check the top 50 in books category and notice those book in vietnamies language created by "idaretouch" quite a good example lmao

      Lucky me I use a free apple acoount and ONLY jailbroken devices with ********* installed ;-P
      Thats spelled Vietnamese
    1. Microsoft Blows's Avatar
      Microsoft Blows -
      Quote Originally Posted by reyg25atx View Post
      This is why you should always check your iTunes purchase history daily.
      this is the problem cause it has happened to me. I have had $50 or so stolen from me in the past 10 months. They buy something but it does not show up in Past Purchases on iTunes. It does however show up on your bank statement.


      CHECKCARD 0428 APL*ITUNES 866-712-7753 CA
      24692160118000737******


      Apple denies this and my bank is pointing the finger at them. They are on top of it and are returning my money as we speak. But here are a few tips to keep this from happening to you.

      1. Use an iTunes gift card.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Get to cover! It's a Hack Attack!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      It is high time people start writing viruses for OSX. While it would suck for users (including myself) it would make Apple eat their words of being the safest most virus free OS. Yes, that is when nobody gave a crap Apple. Now that you are in the limelite I can almost guarantee you get to deal with the BS Windows users have dealt with all along. Congrats! It means you are actually successful now!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      not having an itunes account doesn't guarantee you safety either. we got a 500 dollar charge a month back from paypal, but we don't have a paypal account.

      the internet is nothing but trouble, yo
    1. moudy's Avatar
      moudy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maerlyn13 View Post
      Thats spelled Vietnamese
      small people care about small silly details.
      I was typing on my iphone at f***ing 3:30 in the morning, what you're expecting


      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      Do you not understand what happened here? Is it Apple's fault that a stolen credit card was used to purchase goods? There's even someone in this thread saying their card was used, and they don't have an Itunes account. How did that happen?

      I steal $50 out your wallet (assuming you have $50), and spend it in KFC, is that KFC's fault as well?

      Your use of different font colours and underlining doesn't make your argument have any more credibility.

      Hand in your bank cards, your cheque book, your driving license your Boy Scout ID, hand in your passport, hand in your SS card, cancel your bank account, stop using the internet. They all have security issues.



      Any evidence that Apple software is 'easy' to hack? I mean, you have some technical expertise in that area, right?

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      It is high time people start writing viruses for OSX. While it would suck for users (including myself) it would make Apple eat their words of being the safest most virus free OS. Yes, that is when nobody gave a crap Apple. Now that you are in the limelite I can almost guarantee you get to deal with the BS Windows users have dealt with all along. Congrats! It means you are actually successful now!
      About Viruses guys, I got a virus on my iphone 3G(S) new bootroom about 4 months ago, I didn't know it's a virus, or at least I didn't wanna believe it is. I search the internet to see WTF have changed my wallpaper in which I couldn't change it back to normal, and I found out that it's a virus that was published only 3 days before I got it :/.
      1st, Your device would only get it if it's jailbroken and connected to 3G connection. As it's jailbroken, it's easier for hackers to publish it through 3G connection to jailbroken devices as it's already opened to 3rd party apps.
      2nd, it only happens if you don't change the root password and the OpenSSH password, as long as you change them you're safe.
      3rd, although it wasn't a big deal that it only changed my wall paper, but that mean later on they can start using your 3G to download from apple store and imagine the bill you will get by the end of the month.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      150.00 Dollars here ... Its sucks that I'm going to say this but I can only trust known developers now, I suggest you all do the same, Which really sucks because I'm about to launch my first app.

      I can't recall the name of the App Sorry ... I'll edit this post if I do
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal; View Post
      150.00 Dollars here ... Its sucks that I'm going to say this but I can only trust known developers now, I suggest you all do the same, Which really sucks because I'm about to launch my first app.

      I can't recall the name of the App Sorry ... I'll edit this post if I do
      You can't recall the name of your own app? Did I read that right? I hope you explain how that's possible.
    1. moudy's Avatar
      moudy -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      150.00 Dollars here ... Its sucks that I'm going to say this but I can only trust known developers now, I suggest you all do the same, Which really sucks because I'm about to launch my first app.

      I can't recall the name of the App Sorry ... I'll edit this post if I do
      Did you really work for hours/days on this app?
      And, are you trying to tell us not to trust you too as you're a Dev?