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iPhone Developer Stealing Private Info

We certainly like a good techie scandal--the whole incident should be proof of that. With that said, it wasn't hard to jump on the news that another iPhone game developer was accused of stealing personal data from its consumers. A class action lawsuit, filed in San Francisco (PDF), alleges that the company used an "electronic backdoor" to access the information.

The developer in question, Storm8, is well-known in the iPhone gaming community with popular pseudo-MMORPGs such as iMobsters and Vampires Live. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Michael Turner of Lynnwood, Washington, says that the information acquisition involves the execution of "malicious software code" and is not authorized by Apple, Inc.

"Storm8 has written the software for all its games in such a way that it automatically accesses, collects, and transmits the wireless telephone number of each iPhone user who downloads any Storm8 game," the lawsuit claims. "Storm8, though, has no reason whatsoever to access the wireless phone numbers of the iPhones on which its games are installed."

Boingboing adds to the report, indicating that players were unaware of the number farming until the company acknowledged the process as a "bug" back in August. The lawsuit alleges that "very specific and specialized software code" could retrieve telephone data, and seeks injunctive relief and damages. Boingboing said that Storm8 has not returned its queries at the time of this writing.