14-Day Return on iTunes in EuropeAdded: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
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Now the European users of Apple’s iTunes are able to “return” the purchased items without explanation for up to 14 days. This option brings Apple in line with European regulations, but some fear that it thus offers the “trial periods” on the App Store.
This new feature was not widely announced by the company and is part of Apple’s attempt to comply with guidelines of the European Union from last summer that order all online sellers to offer a “right of withdrawal” from distance sales. The new regulations say that customers are able to withdraw from an off-premises contract with 14 days of purchase without providing any reason.
Respectively, the iTunes terms and conditions have also been updated and now contain a “Right of cancellation”. Before, the users could only request a refund for content that had failed to download, and even those were granted not to everyone.
In the European Union, the new regulations allow online sellers to refuse the right of withdrawal once the “performance” of digital content has begun. This means that once a user has listened to a song or used an app, they can’t be refunded. However, Apple seems to be honoring the refund requests even for content that has been used within the 2-week period.
As a result, many app developers started to fear that they may see an increase in returns, with users simply “renting” their software for free. Moreover, while applications on the App Store are normally protected by “digital rights management” (DRM), which allows the company to potentially revoke any download which it refunds, the industry observers point out that music sales are entirely DRM-free. In other words, the users could download the track, request a refund, and keep hold of the music anyway.
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|I drunk downloaded some songs once and got a refund lol|
|very interesting read this will open up a whole new can of worms people can just rent the movie use a drm remover which is legal and request a refund|
|posted by (2015-01-15 06:06:08)|
|Drm removal dies not apply to rented material, bud, only to original owners.|
|posted by (2015-01-17 04:36:12)|
|Apple iTunes flaw 'allowed government spying for 3 years'|
An unpatched security flaw in Apple’s iTunes software allowed intelligence agencies and police to hack into users’ computers for more than three years, it’s claimed.
A British company called Gamma International marketed hacking software to governments that exploited the vulnerability via a bogus update to iTunes, Apple's media player, which is installed on more than 250 million machines worldwide.
The hacking software, FinFisher, is used to spy on intelligence targets’ computers. It is known to be used by British agencies and earlier this year records were discovered in abandoned offices of that showed it had been offered to Egypt’s feared secret police.
Apple was informed about the relevant flaw in iTunes in 2008, according to Brian Krebs, a security writer, but did not patch the software until earlier this month, a delay of more than three years.
“A prominent security researcher warned Apple about this dangerous vulnerability in mid-2008, yet the company waited more than 1,200 days to fix the flaw,” he said in a blog post.
"The disclosure raises questions about whether and when Apple knew about the Trojan offering, and its timing in choosing to sew up the security hole in this ubiquitous software title."
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On average Apple takes just 91 days to fix security flaws after they are disclosed, Mr Krebs wrote.
Francisco Amato, the Argentinian security researcher who warned Apple about the problem suggested that "maybe they forgot about it, or it was just on the bottom of their to-do list".
In response to reports that FinFisher targeted iTunes, Apple has said that it works "to find and fix any issues that could compromise systems".
"The security and privacy of our users is extremely important,” a spokeswoman said.
This month's iTunes update 10.5.1 explained that "a man-in-the-middle attacker may offer software that appears to originate from Apple", adding that the "issue has been mitigated".
Gamma International has not commented on the matter. Registered in Winchester, the firm is one of several companies that sell computer hacking services to governments. They offer "zero day" security flaws, which have not been publicly disclosed, so attempts to exploit them are unlikely to be detected by anti-virus programs.
COULD ITUNES BE USED TO SPY ON YOU?
BRITISH FIRM GAMMA INTERNATIONAL WAS FOUND HAWKING SPYWARE TO FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES THAT INSTALLED ONTO USERS' COMPUTERS VIA AN ITUNES SECURITY HOLE. THE BREACH HAS BEEN FIXED, BUT DOCUMENTS INDICATE THAT THE EXPLOIT WAS USED TO SNOOP ON THE EMAIL, SKYPE, AND SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITIES OF USERS WORLDWIDE.
BY NEAL UNGERLEIDER
Democracy and free speech activists worldwide have something new to worry about—cyberwarfare via iTunes. A reporter for a German magazine caught a British security firm boasting about how they can use Apple's megapopular software to infect target computers with malware on behalf of foreign governments. At a booth this past September at Germany's Cyber Warfare Europe conference, representatives from Gamma International UK showed how their FinFisher product service could insert spyware via iTunes at the request of intelligence, security, and police agencies worldwide.
The spyware takes advantage of an unencrypted HTTP request that is filed by iTunes when Apple Software Updater is inactive. Once installed on a user's computer, the spyware program redirected users' web browsers to a customized web page that pretended Flash was not installed on the user's computer. The "Flash" that the web page would install was in reality a sophisticated piece of spyware that sent info on a user's activities directly to foreign intelligence services.
The latest iTunes software update, 10.5.1, was released on Monday, November 14, and appears to have fixed the exploit FinFisher used. Apple's launch of 10.5.1 roughly coincided with both the Der Spiegel article, and the release of a massive cache of documents on widespread Internet surveillance by the Wall Street Journal which includes detailed information on FinFisher and similar products. Most of the documents obtained by the Journal were distributed at a Washington trade show, ISSWorld Americas, which promises "intelligence support systems for lawful interception, criminal investigations and intelligence gathering," which was held this past October. It is not known whether the timing of the iTunes software update was intentional. (An emailed request for comment prompted an autmomatic response from Apple stating the office was closed for the holiday.)
News of the iTunes exploit was broken by Der Spiegel's Marcel Rosenbach, who wrote a German-language report on Gamma's product. Rosenbach openly compared the surveillance methods offered by FinFisher and Gamma International to those used by cybercriminals. Once FinFisher's trojan horse software took advantage of the iTunes security hole and tricked users into installing spyware, outside observers would be able to monitor Skype conversations—even if encrypted—and monitor all text/image web traffic, including both Twitter and Facebook.
That precise scenario played out during the recent Egyptian revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Human rights protesters found documents connecting Gamma to the feared Mubarak-era State Security Investigations (SSI) service. A cache of invoices and brochures posted by Cairo blogger and physician Mostafa Hussein to the Posterous microblogging service revealed that Gamma offered to sell more than $375,000 in software, hardware, installation, and training services to the SSI (which was accused of routine torture of prisoners by the United Nations). Accompanying documents, written in Arabic, showed how FinFisher and sister software FinSpy could be used to snoop on the email, Facebook, and Skype accounts of dissidents. The documents were obtained during a raid on the SSI headquarters by a large posse of regime opponents.
It is unknown whether Egyptian state security ever purchased Gamma's products; the ISS was dissolved following the Egyptian revolution. According to Der Spiegel, attendees from the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates were on the trade show's participants list. Speakers at Cyber Warfare Europe included officials from the United States military, NATO, and the British Defence Ministry.
Apple knew about this and refuse to patch this for three years. Search for reference as extra doesn't let you post links in comments
|Not good. But not surprising either. After Snowden's revelations. Nothing surprises me anymore.||
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