In a statement Apple said developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including “fraudulent purchase patterns.”
You can get barred from the Apple App store for anything from showing a ladies ankle to looking at Steve Jobs in a funny way. However this time it appears to be connected to a report on various technology blogs that iTunes was hit by a scam over the weekend.
Programs alleged to be penned by Nguyen grabbed 42 of the top 50 sales positions in the App Store’s book category at one point.
A number of people found that hundreds of dollars had been spent from their iTunes accounts to buy books from Nguyen’s company.
It took Apple fanboys a while to realise that the books they ordered were in Korean because they normally just look at the pictures.
Apple sought to calm potential fears among iTunes customers, stressing that “developers do not receive any iTunes confidential customer data when an app is downloaded.”
The company would be crawling over itself to say sorry and doing its best to make sure that punters whose personal data was stolen did not have their credit histories blighted.
However Apple has refused to admit that somehow iTunes accounts had been compromised but advised users whose “credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes” to contact their financial institution and change their iTunes password.
In short “you are on your own, fanboys” even though it is fairly likely that it is Apple’s security which was exploited. We guess Steve Jobs thinks it is another “non-issue.”