From Russia with love: Russian iTunes users get porn by accident

Russian iTunes users received porn images when searching for films to watch.

Russian iTunes users saw a little more (or less) than they expected when a new version of the app displayed pornographic images instead of the films people were trying to watch.

If a movie that a user was trying to download was without an image, it often linked to a xxx.xxx web address, the BBC reported.

The problem arose because, as the Russian iPhones.ru explained: "...the people responsible for iTunes put the 'temporary' link type xx.xx.xx."

And as it happens, "xxx.xxx" is a real porn website.

Of course users took screen shots. You can see them here and here.

However, while customers saw pornographic images, they weren't accidentally subjected to pornographic video, Top F Secure IT researcher Mikko Hypponen told the BBC.

"If someone actually clicks on such a movie and buys it, they won't get a porn movie — they will get what was supposed to be there, a real film, but the image was just wrong," he said.

He added, "It's like when you go to a real-world video rentals store and all the DVDs are there but the covers for some of them are wrong. It's accidental — as I understand the situation, as they were adding content, they were a bit rushed and didn't have images for every single movie cover."