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More iTunes Fraud: Clever Hackers, Or Vulnerable Users?

More iTunes Fraud: Clever Hackers, Or Vulnerable Users?

August 24, 2010
It seems iTunes isn't as safe a playground as many users believe. As TechCrunch reported yesterday, a great many fanboys have had their accounts compromized at the hands of marauding hackers - with several having had their PayPal accounts entirely drained. However, Apple's most recent statement regarding iTunes fraud begs the question - are hackers superintelligent criminals, or are some iTunes not doing enough to protect their accounts? As All Things Digital reports, here's Apple's official comment regarding the online fraud:
iTunes is always working to prevent fraud and enhance password security for all of our users. But if your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about canceling the card and/or issuing a chargeback for any unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately.
All seems to be common sense, right? I mean, if my credit card or password was stolen, I'd like to think I had the marbles to do something about it. Wouldn't you?

Indeed, the general consensus seems to be that iTunes has not been compromized in any way - that there's no security hole, and that users' accounts are safe, if the correct precautions are taken. So, a word of advice. If you lose your credit card, forget your password - or have it declined by iTunes - or notice any unauthorized payments leaving your linked account, please do something about it. PayPal will reimburse any cash lost to fraudsters, but the inconvenience of the deal is enough to make anyone ensure they cover their financial back when interacting with iTunes. And, if this (or something similar) has happened to you, be sure to let us know about it in the comments box below. [Image credit: TechCrunch]

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