Web scam hits iTunes and Paypal users

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ITunes accounts linked to Paypal have been targeted in a scam with a number of users complaining that they have been cleaned out.

Apple and Paypal refused to discuss the details of the incident.

Experts told the BBC that victims had most likely fallen for an e-mail scam, rather than being targeted via a flaw in iTunes or Apple servers.

“I just got hacked for $1,000 worth of software, videos and music,” tweeted one victim.

Another told the technology blog TechCrunch: “My account was charged over $4,700. I called security at Paypal and was told a large number of iTunes stores accounts were compromised.”

“My iTunes account just got hacked and someone made about $700 worth of purchases. I contacted Paypal and they said Apple has gotten so many attacks since June, they can barely keep up with reporting them all.”

Apple would not comment but said that they had recently implemented new security measures.

In a statement to BBC News, Apple said: “iTunes is always working to prevent fraud and enhance the password security of all of our users.

“But if your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about cancelling the card and/or issuing a chargeback for any unauthorised transactions.

“We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately.”

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