Apple working on fixing the in-app purchase issue

By: Marawan Alwaraki, July 15, 2012
A number of blogs and websites have reported about the Russian hacker that found a way to get free in app purchases on iOS without a jailbreak. I personally refused to post about this as I did not want to spread a method that could lead developers into losing money. Now Apple is fixing this issue. This is what we have heard from Apple:
“The security of the App Store is incredibly important to us and the developer community,” Apple representative Natalie Harrison, told The Loop. “We take reports of fraudulent activity very seriously and we are investigating.”

The problem is becoming really big. A couple of weeks ago it has been reported that a glitch in the App Store caused many apps to fail to launch. And now free in app purchases are cracked. What else is there? According to the next web 30,000 illegal in app purchases have happened using the Russian's hack.



Another incident is when an app called 'Jailbreak' made its way into the App Store claiming to jailbreak your iPhone! The app cost $9.99 and did not work. It was soon pulled from the App Store. Same thing happened to an app called 'Activator' that pretended to perform similarly to that one in Cydia, the app too was a fake and too quickly pulled from the App Store.

So what is causing this? According to Bloomberg several weeks ago, Apple are planning a major overhaul of iTunes to improve iCloud and sharing:
With an increasing amount of content available on the store, the overhaul is intended to improve how people manage all their files, one person said. That includes changes to how users find new material and how they access what they already own on different Apple devices, said one person. 

One of the main ways Apple will attempt to improve discovery is by making it easier for people to share songs, a popular feature of Spotify Ltd.’s music-subscription service. Apple has been negotiating with major record labels for rights that would let a user listen to a song sent to them from a friend for free, one person said.
So could this be the reason for major glitches and issues in the App Store or are Apple losing control. Share your thoughts as a comment.

[Source: iDownloadblog]

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