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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Hackers Crashed Through Apple's Security

Hackers Crashed Through Apple's Security

Hackers Crashed Through Apple's Security

Added: Friday, September 16th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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For the last year, intruders have been able to crash through the company’s faith-based security in order to spend other users’ money. Meanwhile, Jobs’ Mob couldn’t stop them.


The first reports of the incidents came in November 2010: one of the Apple support forum’s users claimed that someone had spent over $50 of his iTunes Store credit on iPhone apps, while his home address changed to some address in Towson, Maryland.

Later, the list of complaints grew as much as up to 700 posts, when a hacker or a number of them managed to spend iTunes gift card credit without permission. Apple had to refund some of its users, but not all of them – the company hasn’t given cash back to many, while acknowledging no wrongdoing or iTunes hacking.

The Apple religion claimed that Jobs’ Mob was the most secure software maker throughout the globe and only Windows-running devices could be hacked. Since Apple didn’t stop the hackers, they grew more sophisticated, with the users noticing that the purchases in question turned out to be applications from certain developers, including “gao jing,” known for application like Expert Guide for Black Ops or Game Guide for New Vegas.

The experts believed that the software purchased was all of Chinese origin, thus hinting that there was a way for rogue developers to get some cash off Apple. The latter appeared to have twigged that there might be something afoot and none of the applications were in the store.

Back in April, a number of users discovered that instead their money were making in-app purchases for a Sega game titled KingdomConquest, and it was clear to everyone that Sega was unlikely to make sales in such dodgy way. The intruders managed to “purchase” the free application on victims’ iTunes accounts, thus triggering the in-app purchases. Although Sega expressed a wish to investigate, it appeared that it was blocked by Apple, which refused to allow access to its users’ iTunes account data or any transaction histories.

Back this past June, the attacks started worsening, with Jobs’ Mob emails to users coming close to admitting that cash was taken from customer accounts without permission. Still, the company only refunded cash once, while customers hit during the second attack were told to go forth and multiply. Meanwhile, the hacks are getting more frequent.

September 16th,2011

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Date:  Friday, September 16th, 2011

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-09-16 14:48:11)
danny226 avatarabout time apple got done, i hate apple, hand holding company they are

posted by (2011-09-16 16:25:51)
hrg avatarlmao apple have had holes for time they just tell people they have been hacked so its there fault its lame but until someone gets ripped for a decent amount no one will actually make a fuss as its not worth the trouble of court for a few quid

posted by (2011-09-16 21:15:32)
No avatar"For the last year, intruders have been able to crash through the company’s faith-based security"

Calm down, dear, calm down.

Didn't We move on from the Wintel Good ... Apple Bad psychology decades ago, Wintel never recovered, and Wintel users should simply learn to move on.

Rather than being absolutely anal on the subject of Apple, do some basic research into merits of Open vs Closed Operating Systems.

posted by (2011-09-17 00:04:56)
Armando_G avatarRight minded people dislike apple's business model and its 'we know better than you' attitude.
Apple is bad, and it's nothing yo do with any allegiance to Windows.
If you think any different, then you just joined the unthinking masses..
Even when the people that pay their bills are getting ripped off (but not by apple for a change) they refuse to admit that anything is wrong. They have a serious superiority complex, and it will be their undoing.. and hopefully it will come sooner rather than later.
No-one likes a bully....

posted by (2011-09-17 01:56:39)
kingtiger01 avatar@EowynRohan:

Last i checked OSX is "Closed-Source", only the Base(BSD) is open-source. But its "Heavily Modified" and thus Closed Source....

Windows is Closed Source, but atleast its obvious...

Unix=AT&T CS.
Linux=Community Based, GNU License. Open-Source.
BSD=BSD License, Mixed-Source, Respective Licensing Partners.
OSX/OS2=Apple LTD, Private Licensing and Closed Source.
Windows=Microsoft Inc., Closed Source - Private License.

I take no sides in OS Wars, its not about Functionality its about Purpose and Use.

Apple's Bussiness model has always been: "Profits come first, Customers Come Last" Apple does NOT make computers, they make Cases and Operating Systems.

Apple has taken Microsofts approach to Operating System Design and add a Steve-Jobs Marketing Twist.

"Cosmetics, Functionality. Comes before Reliability, Performance and Price" $2000 for a $500 x86 PC with a Case and a BSD based Operating system.....

You might as well take a Ford Pinto, make a body that looks like a ferrari out of sheet metal, paint it and sell it for $1,000,000 because thats what youre getting.

The guts are the same as some one elses product. All you did was change the Exterior, make some Cosmetic Changes and Call it youre own.

If it was you or me, it would be patent infringement and bad bussiness practice. But because it all started in the Early Days...

"We pay for the Sins of are Fathers"

So who cares if Apple's I-Tunes store was Hacked?!
Any idiot willing to trust a company with Finances, that rips people off on a daily bases. DESERVES IT!

posted by (2011-09-17 13:28:12)
giraffe avatarThanks for the article Sam but I think it a shame that any company got hacked. My bank got hacked and it took them 2 months to admit it to the press, I got my money back but it was a hassle. If these hackers stole a car I don't think many people would be cheering them and they are thieves.


You take no sides in the os war but you bag apple in 3 posts. Now for a few facts. Apple osx was based on Next os nothing to do with IBM os2. The Sony version of the imac is $1950 and the HP version is $2100 but you can build it for $500 when the cpu alone is $350. I'll order 4 from you right now.
You keep writing that Apple is only about cosmetics and no engineering yet so many of there products are copied and what is wrong in putting some style in products? My couch, desk and car have style to them, that's why I bought them. I'm no apple fanboy, I think they make many mistakes and they get things wrong but writing that they deserve to be hacked is sad. Do you write the same thing about other companies that make profits like Dell, Coke, BMW or your bank?

posted by (2011-09-17 13:53:15)
zarathusa88 avatarim generally against prebuilt machines ...i buy the parts and put them toghether myself...thats what u should do..its not that hard...paying extra buks just to have ,apple ,hp,acer,or toshiba on ur pc aint gona make it better ...as for the os...u can instal whatever u like ...opinions are based on each persons tastes and the way they use the pc. im a hardcore gamer and til this day winxp is the best os for my gaming needs but that doesnt mean im a windows lover..cuz it has its flaws too

posted by (2011-09-17 23:04:11)
jsnod25 avatarOK @EowynRohan, Wintel is such a lame term, specially when apple used intel as its CPU exclusivly and you can get a windows PC with AMD or INTEL. Soon with the inclusion of ARM based processors you will get to choose from Infinion, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and on and on... over 200+ ARM based chip manufacturers world wide. But Apple will still only run on INTEL so we should call it APPTEL if anything. Windows has to build an OS for basic to the most advanced uses on the market, including networking and enterprise solutions that are still compatible with a mac. If your visiting this site with a MAC, your still going to be routed through over a dozen servers running windows and a couple running linux, but NONE running MAC until it reaches yours...

@ giraffe i dont know what your talking about, but Sony's Z series is the most expensive laptops they make (starting at less than 2000) and are 4x more powerful dollar for dollar than any PowerMAC and same for HP's DV7 or DV8 series laptops. You can get a laptop for 500-700 that is as powerful spec for spec as a 2000-2500 MACbook/PowerMac. A $350 processor is a bit over the top in most cases, and that is for an Intel second gen i7 which can cost as much as 1000... but that is for enthusiast's who over clock the highest level processors. you can get an AMD 8 core processor for less than $350, and apple cannot even see 8 cores with their OS...

and @ zarathusa88 While i agree that WinXP (SP2) was the best gaming OS... notice i said "was" if your a hard core gamer for modern games, you have to go to Win 7 if nothing else but for the DX 11. WinXP is not DX11 (only DX 9 tops) compatible, and you can enjoy larger HDD and more RAM recognition with Win 7. They have a compatibility mode that allows for most OLDER games to run on Win 7 that require DOS as the KERNL for the OS (which Win 7 doesn't have anymore). Check it out, you might like it, or do a partition and dual boot that baby for both options.

posted by (2011-09-18 01:37:15)
No avatar@Armando_G "Right minded people dislike apple's business model and its 'we know better than you' attitude."

If you think you know better than them - or anyone else for that matter - go start your own computer company. Thousands of people have been trying to make Linux useful for twenty years but if you happen to have hardware slightly outside the norm half of the intstallers can't see the CD they're running from. In many cases Apple DOES know better than you, they just tend to take it to an extreme if they think there's extra profit. They're in business to make money, so wouldn't you?

posted by (2011-09-18 10:19:27)
NZRobbo avatarVery interesting points all round and a terrific read, however arent we all a little hypocritical here on whos ripping who off. Give our pension for downloading files arent we all just as bad? Just thought Id throw that in.

posted by (2011-09-18 11:29:56)
giraffe avatar@jsnod25
My post was about iMac's, hence why i wrote "iMac". The point I was making is that you can't build an iMac for $500, the 27" lcd costs more then alone. The 3.2ghz i5 cpu is $350 here in oz. Had a look at the sony Z (loved it) and it is $4000, the HP DV5 is $1900 so I think the macbook fairs well especially considering all the free software that comes with it. The mac osx can "see" up to 12 cpus. I know that I am paying more for apple products but they work easily and reliably in the same way that I paid more for my BMW then a Ford.


I used to build my own PC's from scratch and loved it but time works against me these days. I learnt more about computers from building them then anything they taught me at uni.

posted by (2011-09-20 10:52:46)
zarathusa88 avatar@jsnod25 i said winxp had its flaws ....... i run a dual boot winxp/win7 but only cuz more modern games dont work good or at all in winxp u said the reasons dx11 and so on...but i stil love my old games in xp
@giraffe i feel u man....i learned everything i know about computers on my own many times i met dudes with a phd in IT that didnt even knew where to put theyr hands to change a broken hdd(i work in a computer service by the way)

ppls thing is...there isnt a perfect os or a perfect pc...they all have flaws and theyl keep having them....if u like mac's buy mac's what do i care..its ur money....but stop saying os 1 is better than os 2 one choses his os for he's needs and likings...and everyone is free to run whatever os they want on theyr pc's

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