iOS Jailbreak App Support Shuts Down

By David Radd

Posted January 8, 2013

Hackulous has been shut down, and the demise of the piracy community means the end of the Installous jailbreak iOS app. The app allowed users to download free pirated iOS apps and games then add them to their system as if they had been legally purchased from the App Store.

"We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down," reads a post on the Hackulous homepage. "After many years, our community has become stagnant, and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff."

This does not mean that iOS piracy options are going away, merely that they are taking other forms. For instance, the app Zeusmos provides users with a license and provisioning profile that allows them to install pirated apps.

"The intent of Zeusmos will be to SOLELY code sign applications," said the app's creator, 15-year-old Kevin Ko. "We will not be supporting or encouraging any form of piracy through the link providers or even via search (although they were based off the iTunes API). The intents [sic] as I have stated [was] to allow open development for developers. Recently I've had the time to add this feature into Zeusmos called the 'Exclusive Apps' section where developers who got their application rejected in the App Store were able to post their application on here for free and share their application to a large audience of users. Such applications even included Grooveshark and many others."

There is also the app Kuaiyong that downloads free versions of apps that appear to have been purchased under an Apple enterprise license, enabling installation across multiple devices. This has led to developers reporting thousands of installs of the same exact copy of their app, complete with the same set of encrypted credentials.



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