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Russian iTunes users get XXX content

Dec. 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Russian iTunes users got more than they bargained for when XXX-rated content showed up in their movie section, Wired.com says.

When iTunes was launched in Russia, users who went to the "more films in different languages" section to download mainstream movie fare, they instead found content from porn sites, escort services and purveyors of sex toys, the online tech website reported Wednesday.

Wired.com said the folks at iPhones.ru thought iTunes' tech staff may have put some temporary xx.xx.xx placeholder links in the code that failed to accomplish that purpose, allowing the erotic content in.

Jorgen Tjerno of Lookout Mobile Security also suspects that's what happened.

"In general, linking to sites you control yourself, to domains you own, is a much better [placeholder] practice to ensure content isn't shady or ends up being shady," Tjerno said.

Wired.com said it appeared Apple moved quickly to rectify the situation.

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