This past weekend, the App Store removed a fake Cydia app. This was a completely bogus app that was falsifying and tricking users into thinking it was the App Store for jailbreak apps and tweaks.
The fake app was a simple-looking game based on the definition of Cydia that was previously explained as the following:
Cydia is actually named after a moth. Cydia pomonella is the scientific name for the “coddling moth,” or what we would most likely recognize as the stereotypical apple worm.
The app did not allow users to install any third party packages. It just tricked them into thinking they were installing Cydia, the App Store acquired from jailbreaking. The description warned many users but the app managed to fool more people than expected. It previously read:
Cydia funny and popular snake game you may remember from childhood. Its main character – a kind of caterpillar named Cydia. Collect all the apples and pass as many levels as you can.
Pay attention that this application is not related to Cydia Store. If someone has bought this application by mistake please get a refund.
Reviews of this application made it clear that many people got tricked into buying this scam app. Most of the reviews are actually negative and famous hacker Jay “Saurik” Freeman even posted a review which stated the following:
The price of this app was previously $0.99. Obviously, the developer would have made quite a bit of money before the app was removed. Some people may try to get their refund. However, it is likely that many will not do anything about it at all, count their losses, and just move on.