Apple Inc. has booted a developer and his apps from its applications store after hundreds of hijacked user accounts were used to push his titles to best sellers over the weekend. Guess this developer found out that there is no way cheating Apple. Or, judging by what he did, was pretty obvious for Apple to notice it.
Developer Thuat Nguyen has been banned for violating an Apple license agreement, “including fraudulent purchases,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said Tuesday. About 400 iTunes users were affected, she said. Technology blogs said some iTunes users unwittingly had their accounts used to buy Nguyen’s book apps, which at one point occupied 42 of the top 50 book apps sold in the store.
Credit card information for iTunes’ 150 million users were not affected. Guess he should have just offered them for free in the meantime and waited rather than trying to make his apps an instant hit.