Apple Under Fire As Hackers Steal Money From iTunes Accounts?


  • CharliK

    I can understand Apple’s side of this. The best security in the world does no good when you use the same password everywhere and your Facebook or email is hacked. Or you use a bad password or an easy security question. More often than not, that is how these ‘hackers’ are getting into the accounts, not by brute force attacks. 

    given that apparently many of these folks were from the same general location I would first wonder if their ISPs email server was hacked (or it was an employee with such access) and they are using the same password in both. 

  • Tim Hart

    My guess is the vast majority of these cases involve compromised Windows PCs and keylogging malware. Maybe apple should look into providing those hardware number generators that companies such as Blizzard send to their customers that pay for them.

  • stefn

    I would ask the “password” question as well. If these hacked folks used passwords that (1) are not unique to Apple, (2) are less than 15 characters, and (3) do not include lowercase, uppercase, numerals, and special characters, all these, they have only themselves to blame. We are long past the moment when silly, simple passwords are excusable. They have only themselves to blame. It’s cold and ferocious on the internets. Get used to it.

  • Brad Haynes

    Nice vintage photo of iTunes running on a 12″ Powerbook with Tiger. 

  • Macmann

    What can Apple actually do if someone uses a weak password and has it ‘hacked’? 

  • Marco Vega Ramos

    I’ve been charged this 6th for 50 usd twice for something called VESTA *T-MOBILE, I had to cancel my credit card and request a new one, hope this has nothing to be with iTunes, that would be really disappointing.

  • Peter Ludes

    My account had obviously been hacked some weeks ago. Some Chinese Ü)!”$§$§$ downloaded a free game and made a 99.99 € in app purchase. I called apple and the problem was solved within one day, I got my money back, changed my password (it was a strong one before, but now it is even stronger^^) and  that was it. Apple saw that the purchase was made from a new device without me having bought one within the last months and the damn app was in chinese….

  • AdamChew1

    Face it nothing can safeguard stupidity.

  • mikells43

    same thing happened to me this summer man. same exact thing. i had like 60$ in credit from gift cards, and i had that billing agreement with paypal thru iTunes and they hammered it for over 150$ on my bank acct/paypal acct.   my ordeal took over a week to finish, including a case filed with the local state police and i couldn’t get thru to iTunes cause they don’t have a phone support so i had to work with their bullshit email support which is a pain in the ass when ur pissed cause u just got ripped off. hell the apps are still showing on my acct til i hid them a few weeks ago. there china apps. craziness. 

  • mikells43

    like in my comment to peter. I’ve had this happen this past summer.   things that can solve it and stop it are to cancel the billing agreement with paypal. and use some other form of payment. or just make a better password lol. and don’t click unknown links in ur email or on random sites.