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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
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      The fraud emails were quite amusing.
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      Any examples of the "mycompany" apps??
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Holy ****!

      Glad I wasn't using my iPod touch for a while...
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      Yeah my sister was a victem in iTunes frauding, when she found out, she called the bank and within two weeks they gave back her money.
      They stole about $200 started out with a couple of bucks and then dang $200 all from iTunes

      edit: she has neither an apple product nor an account in iTunes
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      They act like this is a new issue for iTunes accounts. This has been happening for a long time. I quess it's not a secret anymore.
    1. moudy's Avatar
      moudy -
      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
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      This is why you should always check your iTunes purchase history daily.
    1. NuckinFutz's Avatar
      NuckinFutz -
      i was hit for $350.00 before I saw the emails saying I had been buying apps which were some type of like calling card or something, Seller: C2Call GmbH was what was purchased.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      "large qualities of songs"

      quantities
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      But but it's Flash's fault....but but it's the jailbreakers fault..but but..it's Gizmodo's fault, but but you're holding it wrong....


      Apple is running out of excuses and scapegoats.
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      But but it's Flash's fault....but but it's the jailbreakers fault..but but..it's Gizmodo's fault, but but you're holding it wrong....


      Apple is running out of excuses and scapegoats.
      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.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      So mods get to edit the writers post? Didnt know that. The post is by messany but it says last edited by StealthBravo. Guess once your a mod you get to do whatever you want here.
      But yeah its funny how everyone thinks this is a huge deal when its been going on for a while and everyone thinks the fraud is ripping the devs and everyone off when devs are being cheated out of hundreds of millions thanks to the pirates
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Not good.
    1. rhart96's Avatar
      rhart96 -
      Dang sucks for some people. I havent been hit yet and don't know anyone who has
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      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.
      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.
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      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.
      So true, just look at the iPhone. We have great people like the dev team and geohotz that GIVE us FREE programs to hack apple products. If you wan't to go further and do more stuff all you have to do is google how to "insert a way to mod apple product" and you will find a hundred youtube videos telling you how. Only reason apple computers don't get viruses (as much) is because hackers know that more people have windows. If that were ever to change (not likely imo) apple would be dead. But SteveJobs kool aid is pretty tasty
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      What if you just buy tons of songs you want($200 worth) and call apple saying you never bought them and think you were hacked?
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      hurp durp, but i thought apple products never got viruses or spam, hurp durrreep
    1. Sulfer's Avatar
      Sulfer -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      What if you just buy tons of songs you want($200 worth) and call apple saying you never bought them and think you were hacked?
      This happened to me before and I had to file a identity theft thing with my bank who in turn contacts apple ituns to dispute the transactions and then apple investigates it because they can tell what ip the downloads originated from. **** sucks cuz apple won't do **** til your bank contacts them first.
    1. imnew2hu's Avatar
      imnew2hu -
      it has not happened to me Yet but just in case I have changed my password to a pass phrase and went to a pre paid debit card with Itunes at least if im got they wont get much lol....