More iTunes Fraud Uncovered and Addressed
On the heels of widespread complaints of fraudulent iTunes account activity, there is a new report this weekend of Apple pulling the plug on yet another developer's applications that experienced strong sales amidst complaints by at least one user that their account was fraudulently accessed for unauthorized purchases of the apps in question.
The accused developer is "WiiSHii Network." Apple Insider
notes that the dev's travel applications "[EN]GYOYO Shanghai Travel Helper" and "[EN]GYOYO Beijing Travel Helper" ballooned into top ten territory before adequate attention was brought to Apple about the potentially fraudulent activity that helped drive those quickened sales. The incident follows the shenanigans linked to developer Thuat Nguyen who is alleged to have similarly inflated sales with hacked iTunes accounts (some place the number around 400 accounts). Nguyen had, at one point, 42 of the top 50 book apps on iTunes.
Apple has been quick on the draw to address the growing instances of user and developer fraud that has given iTunes a black eye in recent weeks. In addition to pulling apps and the developers they're tied to, Apple is trumpeting a very clear message to its massive base of iTunes subscribers: check your account, review your order history, and keep watch of your bank statement or credit card tied to iTunes. Cupertino is also easing fears with a helpful reminder that confidential customer data remains just that - confidential. No developers have access to that private information when applications are purchased or downloaded.