Apple Says 400 iTunes Accounts Affected by Fraud, Beefing Up Security

Would you mind being asked for that verification code on the back of your credit card more often in exchange for a decreased likelihood that your account will get hacked? Clayton Morris got word from Apple yesterday that the company is taking this very step to help prevent the kind of fraud that took place over the holiday weekend. Thuat Nguyen, who was kicked out of the App Store for violating the terms of the developer agreement, somehow gained control of 400 iTunes accounts and rung up purchases of his Vietnamese book apps to push them to the top of the charts. Now, 400 out of 150 million is only 0.0003%, but that probably doesn’t make those iTunes users with suddenly higher credit card bills any happier. And we still don’t know exactly how Nguyen gained access to these accounts, though it was likely through some kind of phishing scheme.

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