Apple iTunes User Accounts Hacked In Second Incident Of Apps Store Fraud

July 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple’s iTunes apps store has reportedly been hit by another incident of fraud in which certain apps developed by a company named WiiSHii Network have been pushed to top spots in the paid apps charts in the Travel category, using the accounts of other iTunes users.

At least one incident of account hijacking has been reported so far, by iTunes user Harper Reed, who said that his account had been billed $168.89 for 34 WiiSHii apps that were purchased without his knowledge. It was discovered that apps developed by the WiiSHii Network such as GYOYO Shanghai Travel Helper and the English and Chinese versions of the GYOYO Beijing Travel Helper, which were language guides to Chinese cities, had reached the top spots in a suspiciously short amount of time.

However, Apple has acted quickly this time around and has removed the apps from the iTunes apps store. Over 400 iTunes user accounts were also hijacked earlier this month to purchase book apps created by a developer called That Nguyen, an incident that Apple confirmed later.

But the company has denied that its servers were compromised and has already increased the frequency of requesting for CCV security codes while making online purchases through iTunes.

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