A Chinese group which has made it its mission to take a bite out of Apple’s iTunes revenue share is at it again, launching a full web version of its iOS app store jam-packed with pirated content.
Chinese language app Kuayiong was originally launched at the tail end of last year to fill the gap left by the equally dodgy jailbreak app Installous.
To help protect iTunes accounts from hackers, Apple recently required users to set up a few security questions and provide a backup email address. But some users aren't happy with the questions Apple asks.
According to The Register, members of Apple's support forums have been complaining that some of the questions are too difficult for the user to answer, while others are too easy for strangers to guess.
Earlier this week, The Global Mail called attention (via CNet) to an Apple Support Community thread with more than 70 pages of responses dating as far back as Nov. 2010.
According to the thread and others like it, numerous iTunes customers were victims of fraudulent app purchases that drained gift card credits from their accounts. Others reported charges to their PayPal or credit card accounts and changes to their account information.
For more than a year, iTunes users have been reporting on online Apple customer forums that their accounts have been hacked, their gift cards spent, their PayPal accounts used or their store credit exhausted.
iTunes logo Apple had been aware of a vulnerability in the iTunes update system, fixed in version 10.5.1 released in mid-November 2011, for more than three years. According to security expert Brian Krebs, who has seen email correspondence between the two parties, security researcher Francisco Amato informed Apple of the problem in summer 2008.