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iTunes - Hackers prompt security warning

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – If you use iTunes you may want to check your account. Hackers are targeting the Apple application. Apple says its are aware of the issue and is taking the proper measures to ensure privacy for all of its customers is protected. The iTunes users we talked to say the news is disturbing, and they are hoping for a quick fix.

People who use iTunes love the application. No love is lost, but consumers are alarmed about recent reports from several tech web-sites that hackers are targeting iTunes.

The reports claim criminals are breaking into accounts, and using stored credit card numbers to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of Apps from the iTunes store. The news is enough to rattle the nerves of users we talked to.

"I would definitely feel like my privacy is violated because all of my information is on there; my credit card, my name, my address, so it is definitely something to be concerned about," said iTunes user Andreas Woods.  

"It is weird because you trust iTunes and think it is an Apple product that is legitimate and you don't have to worry about type of thing especially since your card number and all that is on there -- so it makes you wonder what they can access," said Amber Berry.

We called Apple to see exactly what they were doing about the problem. They released this statement: "iTunes is always working to prevent fraud and enhance password security for all of our users. Among other new security measures iTunes now requires more frequent re-entry of a customer's credit card security code. 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 canceling the card and issuing a charge back for any unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately."

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