Flaw in iTunes security penalises the victim?
Picture this: You buy a stack of records from a record shop, frequently enough that the shop owner knows your face. However, someone pinches your credit card and spends a whole load of your cash at the record shop. You'd be pretty pissed off with the store owner for not doing anything about it. Worse still, you don't like the way he broke into your house and stole all the music you'd previously bought from them, back.
While this seems like fanciful glue-sniffing nonsense, this is the allegory used by Pete Bilderback at the Flowering Toilet blog after Apple's iTunes stung him after he'd been the victim of a hacking.
Bilderback says that someone got access to his iTunes account, changed my account name and password, and proceeded to charge almost a thousand dollars worth of merch in a 24 hour period. They bought a load of rubbish music and iPhone apps, despite the fact he didn't even own an iPhone.
His credit card company got in touch after they smelled a rat and disputed the payment with Apple.
Oddly, Apple's view on the best way to solve this predicament was to close Bilderback's iTunes account completely, taking all the protected AAC music files, TV shows and films that he'd purchased with them. Oh, and they won't answer his calls.
It seems there's a gaping hole in Apple's security as this isn't exactly an uncommon scam. The Japanese Government has made an official inquiry with Apple about its billing practices and it is dicking people out of things that are rightfully theirs. If you've spent loads of money with the company and have a library worth of music and film bought from iTunes, it might be worth looking into ways of protecting it. Be it by removing your credit card details or storing your music on an external hard-drive or somesuch. Or, easier yet, buy your music elsewhere or you'll end up out of pocket and tuneless.