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  • Conflicting Stories About iTunes Thefts


    Numerous reports of iTunes users being hit with unauthorized charges in the hundreds - or in some cases, thousands - of dollars to their PayPal accounts have raised concern and spread confusion in recent days. There's no clear information about how the thefts were carried out, with some speculating that there is a security hole in iTunes and others - particularly Apple - saying it's just an everyday phishing attack. However, questions remain as to why only linked iTunes and PayPal accounts are being hit.

    Similar thefts, specifically targeting iTunes customers who use PayPal as their payment method, have been going on for a year or more. A report in the San Jose Mercury News "Action Line" over the weekend was picked up by TechCrunch, who passed on the story of one user who was charged $4,700 US for a bunch of 10000 packs of "Dragon Crystals" for the CastleCraft game. Searches of Twitter and Facebook turned up a number of reports of similar thefts, prompting worries about a major scam underway.

    Apple and PayPal were initially blaming each other for the problem. A number of observers later made statements to the general effect that users were dumb and falling prey to phishing emails, with John Paczkowski at the Wall Street Journal's DigitalDaily passing on what his Apple sources told him: "iTunes has not been compromised and the company isnít aware of any sudden increase in fraudulent transactions." Leaving aside the fact that of course Apple would say that, no one definitively knows the source of the attacks and it's not necessarily reasonable to conclude that there's no problem with iTunes. (That's sort of the goal of hacking: you're not supposed to know when it's happening to you.)

    If the problem was that people's PayPal accounts were being hacked, then we'd be seeing other charges made at different places, not just at iTunes. If people's iTunes accounts were compromised, on the other hand, then it wouldn't necessarily just be those who pay through their PayPal accounts who were being robbed. The reports to date would suggest that there is something in the linkage between iTunes and PayPal that's being exploited.

    A PayPal spokesperson told TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld that "unauthorized charges sent through PayPal are being reimbursed." Apple, for its part, is telling people who have been robbed that they should change their passwords.

    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Conflicting Stories About iTunes Thefts started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Post what?


      Talk about cracked app/warez/piracy is not allowed.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Post what?


      Talk about cracked app/warez/piracy is not allowed.
      Way to make me look stupid and STEAL my thunder lol
    1. sujahat's Avatar
      sujahat -
      Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
      ^^^^^
      I don't think you can post that here


      Your just as bad your stealing from developers! And you can't post that here please delete
      @westerman
      Sorry about that, I know what you mean!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      I havent seen anything more secure than paypal, just so many fake emails from fake paypal sites. Crime evolves with technology.
    1. Spoooner's Avatar
      Spoooner -
      Quote Originally Posted by kstone2274 View Post
      Man paypal is so terrible anyone who uses it is a fool
      Safer than most things.
      they should have bought one of those security Keys that they have. much safer!
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Wouldn't they still need you iTunes account info to purchase the apps? If so then this an iTunes flaw as I don't use the same info for paypal as I do for iTunes.
    1. easypr's Avatar
      easypr -
      I think more is that there are some phishing emails that they are coming, they normaly say you need to login to activate your paypal account since for security reason was blocked, and actually when you open the website if you don't pay attention to see the difference than you might be a victim since is fake .
      Btw this is one of those fake websites which I have received email for the third time so people watch out .
      Fake Paypal Website
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      i got hacked. They charged a bunch of gift cards to my account.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      This hasn't stop yet? Apple better get moving.

      I just purchase iTunes Gift Cards since I don't have a credit card. I don't use iTunes as often.

      And yeah, it would be pointless to hack into my account. 98 cents.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by easypr View Post
      I think more is that there are some phishing emails that they are coming, they normaly say you need to login to activate your paypal account since for security reason was blocked, and actually when you open the website if you don't pay attention to see the difference than you might be a victim since is fake .
      Btw this is one of those fake websites which I have received email for the third time so people watch out .
      Fake Paypal Website
      I definitely think it's mostly phishing because people just don't pay attention. I clicked on your link and the website looks legit except for the URL. That is always a dead give away but even if the URL is legit you should always just type it in yourself. That is the only way you'll know for sure that you're on the correct website. Remember people, Apple, Paypal, etc will NEVER ask you for your personal information over an email. Also you'll never get an email from these companies telling you to change your info. They verify your information when you initially sign up so it should already be correct.

      Be smart and be safe people...
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by easypr View Post
      I think more is that there are some phishing emails that they are coming, they normaly say you need to login to activate your paypal account since for security reason was blocked, and actually when you open the website if you don't pay attention to see the difference than you might be a victim since is fake .
      Btw this is one of those fake websites which I have received email for the third time so people watch out .
      Fake Paypal Website


      This is not from phishing PayPal, if you read original post this is about iTunes account charges that uses PayPal for payment. If it was PayPal phishing then there would not be JUST iTunes charges there would be all kinds of charges and iTunes would not even be mentioned, it is Apple's fault in this case if any phishing is involved it was phishing using Apple not PayPal.
      It is all mentioned in original article, people need to learn to read and understand the information posted before responding....
    1. easypr's Avatar
      easypr -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      This is not from phishing PayPal, if you read original post this is about iTunes account charges that uses PayPal for payment. If it was PayPal phishing then there would not be JUST iTunes charges there would be all kinds of charges and iTunes would not even be mentioned, it is Apple's fault in this case if any phishing is involved it was phishing using Apple not PayPal.
      It is all mentioned in original article, people need to learn to read and understand the information posted before responding....
      Well the article is perfectly described , and beside we all know to read and understand .
      Why I replied is to tell all the members what happen to me and is important since the email which I have received this fake emails , is the same email which I use for my Itune Store Account and it's strange since I don't use nothing except Itune Gift Cards for buying stuff.
      Maybe there is some kind of connection some kind of hack to Itune Store so they have all our email accounts.
      So I don't see anything wrong when you inform people to take care about something which can harm anyone.
      Cheers.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by easypr View Post
      Well the article is perfectly described , and beside we all know to read and understand .
      Why I replied is to tell all the members what happen to me and is important since the email which I have received this fake emails , is the same email which I use for my Itune Store Account and it's strange since I don't use nothing except Itune Gift Cards for buying stuff.
      Maybe there is some kind of connection some kind of hack to Itune Store so they have all our email accounts.
      So I don't see anything wrong when you inform people to take care about something which can harm anyone.
      Cheers.
      Apple had a lot of problem people selling iTunes gift card codes pennies on the dollar, in order to do this they must have hacked into iTunes got the algorithm and start generating it themselves. I believe iTunes just changed the gift card process so these hackers can no longer sell the iTunes gift card codes, only weeks after this change people start complaining about unauthorized iTunes being charged... Though I do not have hard evidance, it is good bet that they got iTunes user info when they hacked into iTunes initially.
      It is sad that Apple still can not own up to their problems, always passing the blame. Somebody should teach Apple about corporate responsibilities course.
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizi View Post
      Don't store your payment info in your iTunes account. Problem solved.
      Or maybe people below a certain IQ should not use the internet.

      How iTunes is hacked:
      Apple Store / iTunes App Store Hacked? Here’s How | Obama Pacman
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by consultant View Post
      Or maybe people below a certain IQ should not use the internet.

      How iTunes is hacked:
      Apple Store / iTunes App Store Hacked? Hereís How | Obama Pacman
      My god lol did Job's post that? the way its hacked is user error or windows get real, my Google mail account got hacked a couple of weeks ago but Google have a security in place that is something out of the ordinary happens they lockdown you account (happened to mine thank god) now they hacked my account from the Philippines on a mobile device. (you can check IP's)

      now was that because i use windows? nup was it because i was Phished nup (i have software that prevents this) it was probably my password even though it wasn't something you would think of.

      so all they need is your email and use a brute force attack on passwords, so itunes or paypal should have some sort of security that knows your habits like Google do then this couldn't happen.