Apple Responds to iTunes Hack and Fraud

Apple has issued a statement about the hacking and fraud that occurred in its App Store recently. The statement takes pains to say that user data wasn’t compromised, but on the other hand Apple is saying that if you think there was suspicious activity on your account to deal with your bank and cancel your credit card.

The developer who prompted all this has seen his apps removed (well, gee, isn’t that supposedly a “feature” of Apple’s way of doing business?) I’m guessing this response is the fire brigade quick response and there’s more to the story than we all know or will ever know.  Below is a portion of the statement.


The developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns.

Developers do not receive any iTunes confidential customer data when an app is downloaded.

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 unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately. For more information on best practices for password security visit

Via Engadget