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Some 40 apps from a developer that inexplicably surged up the sales rankings of the App Store have been removed from Apple’s online retail outlet, amid complaints from other developers and Web reports of suspicious activity.
Over the weekend, offerings from developer Thuat Nguyen claimed 40 of the 50 slots for top-selling apps in the Books category. Many of the apps were in the top-selling charts despite having few user reviews, according to other developers who first spotted the problem.
Apple has banned a Vietnamese developer from its app store after he was implicated in fraudulently pushing his titles to its best-seller list.
According to Apple, Thuat Nguyen hacked around 400 iTunes accounts, in order to use their credit card details to boost sales of his comic book apps.
Apple said it had tightened its security as a result of the hack.
iTunes accounts hacking more widespread than initially thought
As the story has developed, the problem has grown far more serious than initially thought – not just that one particular developer and his apps - the Apple App store is filled with App Farms being used to steal.