App Store Exploit Will be Closed by Apple
There’s an Apple App Store exploit that allowed users to download some paid apps for free. The resourceful domestic hacker found the hole in the purchases section within applications, which you can use without iDevice jailbreaking. Naturally, the happening rose in all iOS-community, causing a storm of discussion and sharing users into two camps: those who condemn these things, and those who does not have anything against theft (at least digital). It is clear that neither developers nor Apple itself can not hold this state of affairs.
Publication of The Loop reports that they managed to get a response from Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison:
Security of purchases in the App Store has for us and the developer community great meaning. We are very serious about the issue of fraud and are currently working on a solution to eliminate the App Store exploit.
Let’s hope Apple will resolve this issue as soon as possible. According to the portal TheNextWeb more than 30,000 purchases of illegal content within the application has been flown to users gadgets through this scheme. Even if each of them costs 99 cents, the damage is already possible to assess the development of tens of thousands of dollars.
However you can try to install Russian in-app proxy server for test apps or to try the app you like before the purchase in the App Store.
It seems that in recent days, Apple has more and more problems with the App Store: at first the DRM mistake, which caused failures when running applications, and then the malicious Find and Call, which parasitically used iPhone’s contact phone-book to send spam. All of those issues along with endless lawsuits can harm company’s reputation really much.
What is the state of the App Store can say? Either Apple is engaged in a thorough redesign of App Store, or is simply unable to cope with it. We look forward to the first. In any case, the good news is the quick reaction to the exploit discovery from Apple. The should be able to fix that very soon as long as it harms company’s and developers pockets.
Update: Check out the interview with ZonD80 and his thoughts about this.