Apple claims iTunes wasn’t hacked

Apple has admitted 400 customers were affected in an attack on the iTunes store, but insists the site was not hacked.

Apple claims iTunes wasn't hacked

Over the weekend, developer Thuat Nguyen suddenly dominated the iBooks ranking with 42 of the top 50 bestselling spots, as users noticed unauthorised purchases from their accounts.

There was no hack into iTunes

Around 400 iTunes customers were hit by the attack, but Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said Apple’s servers weren’t compromised and no personal data was lost.

“There was no hack into iTunes,” she told the New York Times, but wouldn’t explain exactly how the rogue developer gained access to customer accounts.

Apple has banned the developer and said it will boost security, starting by asking users to enter the security code from their credit cards more frequently.

Apple recommended that affected iTunes customers immediately change their password, while users in the company’s forums have suggested removing credit-card details entirely and using Apple’s gift cards.

“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 issuing a chargeback for any unauthorised transactions,” Apple said.

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