≡ Menu

Apple’s Mac App Store Has Already Been Cracked Open for Piracy although Hack Isn’t Available Until February 2011

Only yesterday, Apple’s Mac App Store was ultimately launched, and as the first day passed experiencing 1 million apps being downloaded, here comes the interesting news. This metaphorically infant Mac App Store has just got its security cracked, says Gizmodo. More details on this down below.

The Mac App Store is cracked through installing a software called Kickback, using which you can pirate any application you like in the store, however the crack shall not be rolled out for the general public before February 2011, according to Dissident, member of the Hackulous community that cracked Apple’s Digital Rights Management system for iOS.

We don’t want to release kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that.

Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback.

So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.

BlogsDNA reports about another hack using which the Mac App Store’s paid app DRM can be cracked, meaning that via this hack, you can install paid apps, absolutely free.

The hack looks quite foolish as it is not more than just copying of one Apps resources files (paid app) into other free app.  But amazingly this hack worked for the apps he demonstrated on (Angry Birds & Twitter for Mac).

The method involves deleting some of the folders within paid App package and replacing it with once present in free app package.

Looks like Apple only has one sure fire way of dealing with these hacks, and that is to provide a test mode for all apps, instead of offering Lite and Trial version, which are generally not that satisfying. If a trial period based app testing system is introduced, it might effectively cut down on these hacks, as well as make it easier for potential buyers to achieve complete peace of mind regarding an app before they actually go on to purchase it.

Disclaimer: Sizlopedia.com does not support, encourage or endorse piracy in any way, this article is essentially an informative article only.



{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment