itune gift card for clash of clansThe walls Apple has built around its iWorld seem to need more consolidation with rogue developers reportedly hacking customers’ iTunes accounts, stealing their money. A report by The Next Web details the means by which so - called “App Farms” are being used to delude iPhone and iPod touch owners, and includes a few pieces of advice on how to stay on the safe side.
The report in question, broken down by verified findings, informs that an unspecified number of iTunes accounts have been hacked and used to purchase apps. One particular developer is mentioned as the author of such hacks - Thuat Nguyen, whose books fill spots 1 to 40 in the books category of the US iTunes store, according to another report.
According to the former source, since the discovery of his mischief, the developer’s account and all applications have been removed. Sadly, however, a number of other developers have been identified as similarly bad intended, with even more “innovative” approaches to stealing users’ money, the report claims. The source adds that customers have reported anywhere between $100 - $1400 spent using their hacked accounts.
The developers not only bought apps using iTunes account holders’ information, but also carried out in - app purchases, the report continues to reveal. The feature is typical to some rather new applications which, although distributed at a small price or even free of charge, may entice users to buy additional services or other applications altogether, from within the running app’s interface.
Some developers have bought their own apps to specifically climb up the iTunes ranking and gain momentum. iTunes store customers are thus fooled that those apps are highly attractive. Reportedly, Apple’s only advice so far is to change passwords. The Next Web is allegedly still waiting for a formal response from the Mac maker, after contacting the company for clarification on the matter.
iTunes App Store users worldwide are advised to check their previous purchases for signs of any purchases they may not have made, especially keeping an eye out for expensive apps. Those who think they may be a victim in this scenario can contact Apple Store Account and Billing&subtopic=Account Security" target="_blank" here. More drastic measures involve changing your iTunes store account password, and removing card details.Security company Palo Alto Networks is calling the attack "the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware." Palo Alto Networks (PANW) discovered the hack along with Chinese tech group WeipTech.
The good news for most iPhone customers is that the malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, only targets "jailbroken" iPhones.
Jail - breaking allows iPhone owners to access parts of a phone's file systems that are otherwise restricted for security reasons.
KeyRaider is mostly found in Chinese websites and apps that provide software for jailbroken iPhones. But the malware has spread far beyond China, showing up in 18 countries, including the United States.
Once infected with the KeyRaider malware, a jailbroken iPhone will give up all of its owner's iTunes App Store information to the hackers, including the Apple (AAPL, Tech30) account username, password and the iPhone's unique ID. It also steals all the information about the owner's App Store purchases and prevents people from recovering their phones once they've been hijacked.
The hackers aren't keeping all that for themselves: They have allowed other people to take advantage of the stolen account information.
The hackers have uploaded software that lets other people purchase iTunes apps for "free," using the victims' accounts. About 20,000 people have downloaded the software that lets them steal from the 225,000 affected iPhone owners.Manage your devices
iTunes is also a tool for managing your iOS devices; iPhones, iPads, and iPods. You can choose what music from iTunes you want to sync to your device, as well as books, movies, TV Shows, podcasts, and more. Once you get used to how iTunes sync works with iOS it's okay, but there are some annoyances.
The main problem is that you can't quickly plug in your device and update just the music, for example. As soon as you want to sync, that means doing a backup, copying apps from your device to your Mac and so on. When you're in a hurry, and just want to stick the latest album you’ve bought on your iPhone, this is really frustrating.
Despite this, backups are effective, and when you plug in a new device, you can quickly import your backup to it without any problems.
The complete package
While some people complain that iTunes does too much and is bloated, it's still a fast, efficient, and well organised media library. The movie and TV areas feel somewhat underdeveloped compared to music, but elsewhere iTunes excels. As a place to keep your music collection, it's reliable and really useful. With the addition of Apple Music, iTunes is