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Submission + - Dictionary App auto-posts false accusations on users' Twitter Accounts ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Certain iPhone and iPad applications from a Japanese company have broken software piracy detection mechanisms that are sending out tweets on the user's own Twitter account saying, "How about we all stop using pirated iOS apps? I promise to stop. I really will. #softwarepirateconfession" The trouble is, it is sending these out on accounts of users who actually paid up to $50 or more for the software and who are legally using it. The app is asking for access to user's Twitter accounts, but does not give the reason why it is asking, so the author of the article concludes (rightly, I think) that things are being done deliberately.

Would you want your legally purchased software to send out messages to all of your contacts on Twitter or on other social networks saying that you were a software pirate? Would you excuse the writers of the software if it was just an error in their piracy detection measures? Your opinions would be quite interesting. In the meantime, search for the hashtag #softwarepirateconfession on Twitter to see the many instances of this piracy feature operating and/or misfiring.

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Dictionary App auto-posts false accusations on users' Twitter Accounts

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  • I would hope apple kicks them out of the app store and doesn't let them back. Intentionally hi-jacking users social networks and creating "man traps" to harm a person (digitally) are both things even notedly dodgy digital-rights-malware pedalers like Ubisoft would likely shy from as unethical

    • "Ubisoft would likely shy from as unethical"

      Ethical Ubisoft? Have you ever considered a career in Quantum Physics?

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