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January 7, 2011

Apple Mac App Store cracked already

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by Darren Allan

A hacker group known as Hackulous claims to have cracked the security on the Apple Mac App Store which opened its doors just yesterday.

They’ve developed a program called Kickback which allows users to pirate any applications from the store without paying.

However, a member of the group, Dissident, told Gizmodo that they wouldn’t be making the software available yet.

Dissident told Gizmodo: “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 will be decent, [to begin with] 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.”

In other words, the program is intended as a tool to check out apps and sift the wheat from the chaff, avoiding getting stung purchasing the latter – in theory. Of course, in practice, it’s likely to be used to avoid paying for the wheat.

Other flaws have also been exposed in the store on its opening day, according to a BBC report.

The Beeb points out one flaw, which can be exploited simply by copying and pasting purchase codes to make paid-for programs free. However, this only affects certain apps (including Angry Birds, as if they weren’t angry enough already).

Not the most auspicious of starts for the Mac App Store…

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