As reported by Mashable over the weekend, several iTunes store accounts were hacked and purchasing many apps on the app store fraudulently. Right now, it’s unknown just how many accounts became hacked but there does not appear to be any sort of rhyme or reason as to which accounts are vulnerable.
The activity is suspicious because it appears that they may have been used to boost rankings on book app sales. The top 40 of 50 books at one point were from the same developer known as Thuat Nguyen. Due to this, many figured that the hack was done by this same developer until more information was discovered. Several Vietnamese book apps were also doing well in the rankings.
Twitter has been an excellent source of information surrounding the hacks because it shows responses directly from users. Many have reported that their accounts were used to buy hundreds of dollars worth of book apps from the store. Also, many reviews of these apps are from angry customers who had no idea they had purchased this app.
As of now, we still don’t know just how many were affected by this attack and can only provide a word of caution. Checking your purchase history and removing your credit card information from your account for now seem to be the best ways to prevent any fraud at this point. We’ll update you with any additional information regarding this unfortunate event.