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Apple Meltdown? iTunes Voucher Codes Hacked

Gordon Kelly


iTunes Voucher Codes Hacked

Now here's something to set Apple's alarm bells RINGING!

Chinese record industry consultancy firm Outdustry is reporting that the algorithm behind the iTunes gift cards has been hacked with enterprising vendors selling off cards with hundreds of dollars worth of credit for a fraction of their actual value.

Consequently Chinese online auctions site Taobao.com is having an absolute field day with pirated gift cards worth up to $200 going for as little as 11 yuan each (£1.16) - see above.

Now the problem here is a fix from Apple will likely to prove a headache. Yes, it could adjust the algorithm used by the store but potentially that would invalidate all the legitimate Gift Cards around the world. After all, even if the fix could be limited to China what's to stop the hack then being sold around the world...

We're awaiting more on this but needless to say Apple hasn't yet come out with an official comment. One thing is for certain however: this wouldn't have happened with vinyl...

My oh my, this is hardly going to make Steve Jobs feel better - and whatever will Metallica say...


Outdustry Report



March 10, 2009, 11:23 pm

The best thing for them to do is to stop all voucher codes. People with legitimate vouchers can get a refund by returning their voucher(s) either by store or freepost.

Those affected should be compensated with free tracks etc.


March 11, 2009, 1:06 am

lol. To be fair though, itunes is a victim of it's own success.


March 11, 2009, 4:03 am



March 11, 2009, 12:34 pm

I don't understand why you'd buy a voucher that you know is fraudulent just to be able to download music from itunes?

Surely if you're knowingly going to do that you'd just cut out the middle man and download the music from a torrent site?

Neil B

March 11, 2009, 1:16 pm

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one to find this incredibly hilarious..


March 11, 2009, 2:29 pm

For mobile phones when you redeem a voucher not only is there an algorithm to create the code but the code number is checked off against a central database with the "valid" codes - and it is of course then marked as spent. So if they hacked the algorithm the counterfeit vouchers should only be valid if they replicate an already created voucher and it hasn't already been spent.... so the lesson is don't sit on unspent vouchers - redeem them to your account quickly. A lot of the counterfeit vouchers should not work. Having said that if Apple don't check off against a database they do indeed have a huge hole.

(BTW I am making assumptions how itunes work because I've never used it - so I stand to be corrected!)


March 11, 2009, 2:33 pm

Wow, that thumb is massive, I can't stop staring at it. No wonder it couldn't fit on the voucher card.


March 11, 2009, 3:43 pm

My old man is hacking Spotify while I type this... Straight up he already has an eye watering collection of golden oldies. He amazes me sometimes.


March 11, 2009, 7:46 pm

Hey, they are very good news, they made my day.

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