iTunes App Store Hacked By Rogue Developers

Apple's iTunes App Store has been hit by a wave of fraudulent purchases, as many users report suspicious activity from their iTunes account.

Engadget reports that there was a surge in sales of book applications by the developer Thuat Nguyen in the iTunes App Store.

Sales of these books accounted for 42 of the top 50 Book apps by revenue in the Books section of the App Store.

Reports have mentioned consumers complaining that hundreds of dollars from their iTunes account were used to purchase these very applications.

One user wrote on the MacRumors Forums: “Yesterday my credit union contacted me saying there was suspicious activity on my debit card. Sure enough over 10 transactions in the $40-$50 area all on iTunes equaling to $558.”

Engadget also added that the book applications in question were only published on iTunes in April and had little or no user rating. The applications also appeared to be Vietnamese, despite claiming that they supported Japanese and English languages.