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  • App Developer Swiped Cell Numbers



    Storm8 has found itself stirring up a storm of controversy in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the developer, which stands accused of "stealing' user's phone numbers." In case you're unaware, that's a big no-no and a blatant violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

    According to The Mac Observer:

    The iPhone game developer Storm8 has been sued for harvesting iPhone cell numbers on iPhones where its game was downloaded. The incident first came to light in August, when Storm8 acknowledged the issue and blamed it on an error that it said was then corrected.
    Storm8 offers better than three dozen free and paid games in the App Store, including the popular Zombies Live and iMobsters.

    Storm8 has not denied claims that it collected the numbers. In fact, it admits to having collected them. But the lawsuit filed doesn't offer much empathy for Storm8's claim that a glitch in their source code is responsible for the wrongful activity.

    Those behind the lawsuit, however, contend that a "glitch" could never cause phone numbers to be harvested and that something much more sinister could possibly have been intended. In case you're wondering, the developer hasn't offered many details on the "glitch" in question and how it could have possibily provoked this situation.

    MediaPost also pointed out that the suit will have a high barrier in that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act stipulates that computers were unlawfully accessed and damaged. Having your phone number sent back to a server isn't likely to constitute as damage, but then that's what courts get to figure out.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: App Developer Swiped Cell Numbers started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Did they have my number cause I wanna sue them too.
    1. boozie's Avatar
      boozie -
      Welcome to the computer age :-(
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      FRY EM, not for stealing number but for giving us such a ****** series of pointless games!
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Everybody wants to get angry with Apple......they dont comb every line of code for an app....they review the app compiled.

      So if there is some type of "easter egg" embedded inside of course they wont see it....its not their fault.

      Its funny everyone want to complain about Apple's "strict" rules on development......then when something like this happens everyone wants to complain about why they arent tighter.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Well said CP. Everyone wants their cake and eat it too.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Thats a NO NO
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      It amazes me how people forget how vulnerable cellphones are. People harvesting information should be imprisoned.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I'm so glad that I did not put their games on my phone! Now we just have to hope that others don't do this or have been doing this that we don't know about.
    1. P99's Avatar
      P99 -
      That is complete and utter horse poo...

      Agreed!