Mac App Store Cracked For Piracy

The Mac App Store's security has been cracked. This means that by installing a software called Kickback you will be able to pirate any applications in the store. However, the crack will not be available until February 2011, according to Dissident:

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.

Dissident is a member of Hackulous, the community that cracked Apple's Digital Rights Management system for iOS.

While I don't support piracy, I understand the need to allow people to try apps for free, especially when there's so much crap out there. However, this opens the door to wide piracy, which is not good for anyone, developers and users alike in the long term.

That's why Apple should provide a test mode for all apps. Lite and trial versions don't cut it. It's cumbersome and not universal. Storewide 24-hour testing would be perfect, allowing users to quickly purchase or delete at any time during the trial period.

And they should do the same with iOS. [Gadgets DNA]



    who made it his god given right to decide whether apps were worth anything or not!

    oh how mighty generous of you almighty hacker! you won't let us pirate good apps. you will give us good developers a chance! we are sooo humbly greatful!

    you are just a common thieving looser! we developers aren't some dictorial ruler keeping food from the poor! we make stuff that hopefully you will want! hopefully you will want it enough that you will be willing to give us money for it, and sustain we will be able to continue developing stuff!

      (sorry, I wasn't done)

      in conclusion: if you don't want it! NO ONE IS IN ANY WAY FORCING YOU TO BUY IT!

      I'm neutral on piracy, but what I can't stand is pirates that think they have ANY sort of moral leg to stand on!

      that may be true but if i buy YOUR app and it SUCKS i can't get my hard earned money's that fair???

        but, if you can pirate it, and it DOESN'T SUCK! 99% of you wont pay for it anyway.

        If I buy a lotto ticket, and it doesn't win, I can't get my money back either.

        @Adam Templeton
        So you're saying that we should randomly pay for Apps (lotto is *gasp* random) and hope that occassionally we download a good App (is this a win?). Admittedly, this attitude does sort of work on the iTunes App Store as the Apps are often cheap enough that you don't feel like you've blown a tonne of money if it turns out to be sub-par.

        I think a 24hr-48hr trial would be fantastic as it would give me a chance to have a quick run for testing purposes then I can choose to buy it if I like it.

        you are quite correct that that sucks! we all think Digital distro is the future, yet with things like steam we have given up the ability to both return stuff, and sell them on when we're done with them.

        I agree that that sucks!

        however, I heard you can return iApps within a period?

        I also believe there would be laws protecting your ability to return stuff, but the stores wouldn't publicise them.

        Actually, if the software you purchased is not fit for purpose, you are entitled to a refund under the trade practices act, and most companies will give you one if you take the time to document why the software is not fir for use.

    I like the idea of a 24hr trial period sure, but it would be a pretty big change to the app store and how developers have to market their products....

    Trial versions of other software isn't universal and we still buy that - but we tend to do a bit research prior to buying it (read reviews, etc.)...

    I've gotten money back for iphone apps that I didn't like just make sure you report a concern within a few days of purchase. It's your right as a consumer.

    And Apple is only too happy to help..

    It is not your right to make it easy for people to steal other poeples work. And yeah who does this punk think he is. Pretending like he is doing everyone a favor.

    If you don't like the Apple system don't buy any of the apps go somewhere else. Don't make it easy for punks to steal software thus making software crappy for everyone with reduced quality or horrible DRM polices.

    Gotta love all these people complaining about not being able to get a refund on dodgy software. That's what you get when you buy an iPhone. Don't like it? By an Android powered device. Then you'll get at least 24 hours to get your money back if you don't like what you paid for. Problem solved.

    I condone this action.

    I admit to using methods to crack iOS apps. Remember though that with every new iOS Update, all pirated apps fail to work until the next jailbreak exploit.

    Without my pirated apps available, I truly discover those apps that I use and I buy every single one of them so I can have them outside of my jailbroken environment. All the rest of the pirated crap is launched once and never touched again.

    Seems to me like a good way to only be rewarding the best developers, rather than ripping offer the consumers.

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