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App Store Hack Is Still Going Strong Despite Apple's Best Efforts    [ 18-07-2012 13:25 ]

Author: Irina Turina    Source: WAtoday     Translation by: Paul Smith    Send news to friend  Discuss in forum

You may remember that recently a Russian hacker, Alexey Borodin, came up up with a means to bypass Apple's usual App Store purchase checks e.g. users could use the hack to get free stuff from the App Store. Well Apple, as you might expect, responded by trying to shut the whole thing down. They managed to get the how-to video for the hack removed from YouTube although a subsequent video has been put up. Apple also blocked the server Borodin was using and persuaded the Russian company acting as webhost to shut it down. Apple even went as far as to get PayPal to block Borodin from receiving funds although Borodin is now using Bitcoin, an anonymous service, for receiving donations.

Borodin has moved servers too, with the new one apparently beyond Apple's grasp. So far 30,000 people are alleged to have used the exploit to bag themselves free stuff and apparently that figure is so high that Borodin can no longer afford the bandwidth to keep his exploit running. The hack has also been refined somewhat so that it doesn't actually interact with the App Store, which means that it is even harder now for Apple to close it down.


 

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