re: Apple Excommunicates iOS Cracker
Miller does all of us real service. He's done it for awhile, alerting Apple and others to potential flaws. Apple has clearly not been closed to that; it has maintained its relationship with him. It has continued to approve and publish his apps.
A distinction has to be made between describing flaws and offering proof of concept on request perhaps in a test environment vs introducing a potential portal for malware in a production app whilst doing the publicity circuit to describe how it works. That's clearly in violation of his contract with Apple, which presumably he signed without a gun pointed at his temple.
What's more, since a curated environment is part of Apple's branding, they have to defend it. If they had not responded firmly to this breach of protocol there would have been complaints from the other direction. Google can get away with backing out 50 apps with malware after the fact. Its users prize so called openness and assume such risks. Apple cannot afford to take that approach at this point.
So Miller's out of the app store for one year. That's enough to show they mean business. Hopefully they will encourage him to continue looking for flaws and reporting them. Hopefully a full relationship can resume after a year. Hopefully others with Miller's interests will find a more effective way of handling such situations in future.
Hey Apple, while you're at it, close that loophole. . .