iTunes accounts phished by app developer

5 July 2010

Bitterwallet - App Store iconGot Apple? Use iTunes? Better take a moment to change your password, then. Although there have been instances of accounts been phished or hacked in the past, this time it's different because it appears to be an app developer behind it.

Last night the news broke that the Vietamese developer had acquired details of a number of iTunes accounts, and was using them to buy his own apps. Other app developers became suspicious when they noticed some 40 out of 50 apps in the books category were by the same person, a "Thuat Nguyen" - despite none of them having any reviews or ratings.

Apple has now removed the apps and is investigating, but The Next Web goes further, claiming this activity is only the tip of the iceberg and that iTunes is home to several "app farms" - groups of apps developed by the same individual or company, and used to scam money from unsuspecting consumers.

For now, until the latest phishing attack is investigated and Apple learn how account details were acquired, it may be worth taking a couple of minutes to change your iTunes password, and then checking your purchase history to see whether you've been a victim.

14 comments

  • Alex
    Serves your right for using iTunes in the first place
  • maxtweenie
    This happened to me a few weeks ago when a couple of games were downloaded using my hacked iTunes account. Despite this happening when my PC wasn't even switched on, Apple's response was to tell me to tighten my security and change my password. I told them to shove their advice where even Steve Job's sun doesn't shine. Bunch of (wankers) crooks.
  • -]
    "serves you right for using itunes"? Get a grip. itunes is shit; it's slow, bloaty and unintuitive to the point of ridiculousness. But blaming the victim because of a criminal? Only on bitterwallet (and middle england).
  • The B.
    iTunes = security for mongs.
  • Steve
    Only the f*cking clueless use iTunes, don't they?
  • PokeHerPete
    My password is drowssap Noone will ever get it, now excuse me while I download Gavin and Stacey from iTunes...
  • J
    I lol'd at all the vain users downloading the 59p "mirror" apps which just turn the screen black and then they leave reviews complaining. What did you bloody expect, your iphone to turn into fucking tinfoil?
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