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  • Russian Hacker Figures Out Way to Obtain In-App Purchases for Free



    A Russian hacker has successfully figured out a method to obtain in-app purchases from iOS apps for free.

    The “in-app proxy” method is simple, doesn’t require a jailbreak, and allows users to install in-app content for free. The hack works on all iOS devices 3.0-6.0. We do not condone the stealing of content in any form, and this story, like the 9to5Mac piece, is being written to alert the developer community. The hack is already gaining massive amounts of traction, and hopefully a fix is released soon.

    The three-step process involves installing a CA certificate, installing an in-appstore.com certificate, and changing the DNS record.hacker. Once the user completes the process they are met with the message pictured above instead of Apple’s purchase confirmation.

    A great deal of information is also processed through the developers servers as part of the process including:

    • Restriction level of app
    • ID of app
    • ID of version
    • GUID of your idevice
    • Quantity of in-app purchase
    • Offer name of in-app purchase
    • Language you are using
    • Identifier of application
    • Version of application
    • Your locale


    We do not recommend anyone use this process, and we will not provide information on the specifics of the hack. Developers, Apple, fix this. Now.


    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Russian Hacker Figures Out Way to Obtain In-App Purchases for Free started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 185 Comments
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      News flash: Common sense is to use terms correctly, and not continually construe popular misconceptions as fact. Too many refuse to enlighten themselves and such want to go with flow. No one is saying (that I've seen) that piracy is right, no noe is is saying it any better than breaking in and stealing from your home. The only thing I keep seeing, in regards to this sub-thread, is an attempt to clear up a rampant misconception. Ignorance is not common sense. It's just far too common...
      Theft is depriving the owner of their property. That is THEIR property until YOU buy it. Otherwise it's theft since they're experiencing a loss. It's not the exact definition of piracy but it is still theft in my eyes, most people would agree. Theft isn't the exact term for it that most people should or do use, but it's basically the same thing.

      If you're so book smart with the online dictionary, read this:

      Infringement does not refer to theft of physical objects.
      So educate yourself a bit more before going on some random dictionary site. A lot of sites will give you different definitions, not every one of them is 100% accurate.

      My point: It does NOT have to be an object for it to be stolen.

      mmaboi had a very good point.
    1. Hogs4Life's Avatar
      Hogs4Life -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robert A Petersen View Post
      This DOESN'T hack the AppStore at all. All paid apps in the AppStore still have to be paid for. What this does is enable "IN APP" purchases to be free. So if, while in an App you see something like "Tap here to buy add-on WHATEVER", THAT becomes free. So free extras INSIDE apps. An App on the AppStore still costs whatever it always has.
      Unless you are like most and have **********. Free App+Free In-App Purchases.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Theft is depriving the owner of their property. That is THEIR property until YOU buy it. Otherwise it's theft since they're experiencing a loss. It's not the exact definition of piracy but it is still theft in my eyes, most people would agree. Theft isn't the exact term for it that most people should or do use, but it's basically the same thing.

      If you're so book smart with the online dictionary, read this:



      So educate yourself a bit more before going on some random dictionary site. A lot of sites will give you different definitions, not every one of them is 100% accurate.

      My point: It does NOT have to be an object for it to be stolen.

      mmaboi had a very good point.
      +1
      Couldn't agree more
      Lol I didn't want to type out another paragraph so I'm very glad you did.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Theft is depriving the owner of their property. That is THEIR property until YOU buy it. Otherwise it's theft since they're experiencing a loss.
      Exactly, the taking of one's property indeed constitutes theft. "Intellectual property", on the other hand, does NOT refer to each individual copy of something, but an idea, as well as original works. When piracy occurs, the original work is not what's been taken, but a copy. The author has not been deprived of it. Therefore one cannot declare that something which has not been taken to be stolen.

      It's not the exact definition of piracy but it is still theft in my eyes, most people would agree. Theft isn't the exact term for it that most people should or do use, but it's basically the same thing.
      Both are wrong, but you must recognize the distinction between theft and piracy (copyright-infringement.) and just because something is a popular belief, it doesn't mean that it's correct.

      If you're so book smart with the online dictionary, read this:

      Infringement does not refer to theft of physical objects.
      I think you just the point for me. Infringement, which refers to copyright, is a separate and distinct concept from theft, which is what your quote above says.

      So educate yourself a bit more before going on some random dictionary site.
      Merriam-Webster is random?! Seriously?

      Ok, here are some others then:
      Theft | Define Theft at Dictionary.com
      the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
      Theft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      In common usage, theft is the taking of another person's property without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it.
      Are we starting to see a pattern here? It appears they all allude to the taking of physical property.

      My point: It does NOT have to be an object for it to be stolen.
      Actually, in order to meet the definition of "stolen", it needs to be something that has been actually taken. If I took your car without permission, it's stolen, by any definition. If I made a copy of your drawing of a car, then all I have is a copy, made with out permission, which is an infringement on your copy right (assuming you did not wish copied to be freely made.)
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      Exactly, the taking of one's property indeed constitutes theft. "Intellectual property", on the other hand, does NOT refer to each individual copy of something, but an idea, as well as original works. When piracy occurs, the original work is not what's been taken, but a copy. The author has not been deprived of it. Therefore one cannot declare that something which has not been taken to be stolen.

      Both are wrong, but you must recognize the distinction between theft and piracy (copyright-infringement.) and just because something is a popular belief, it doesn't mean that it's correct.

      I think you just the point for me. Infringement, which refers to copyright, is a separate and distinct concept from theft, which is what your quote above says.

      Merriam-Webster is random?! Seriously?

      Ok, here are some others then:
      Theft | Define Theft at Dictionary.com
      Theft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Are we starting to see a pattern here? It appears they all allude to the taking of physical property.

      Actually, in order to meet the definition of "stolen", it needs to be something that has been actually taken. If I took your car without permission, it's stolen, by any definition. If I made a copy of your drawing of a car, then all I have is a copy, made with out permission, which is an infringement on your copy right (assuming you did not wish copied to be freely made.)
      Does it really matter?
      You take something from me it is whatever you want to call it... Stealing, theft, WHATEVER!
      I sound like a broken record... Really bro how long do you want to do this? Lol
    1. dwizurd's Avatar
      dwizurd -
      This has been most enjoyable. Seriously, about half way through, I forgot what the original story was. Thank you to all the participants for this very fulfilling reading experience. Please let the debating rage on.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      It's really funny what we are actually arguing about. We both don't condone piracy but where we differ is the TECHNICAL terms. Which in my eyes as a whole is the exact same thing because(oh gosh im going to say it again) if you take something that doesn't belong to you whether it be digital or tangible is stealing, theft, piracy, or whatever else you want to call it.
    1. dwizurd's Avatar
      dwizurd -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      It's really funny what we are actually arguing about. We both don't condone piracy but where we differ is the TECHNICAL terms. Which in my eyes as a whole is the exact same thing because(oh gosh im going to say it again) if you take something that doesn't belong to you whether it be digital or tangible is stealing, theft, piracy, or whatever else you want to call it.
      don't forget that copyright infringement has been added to the mix. 😁
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Does it really matter?
      You take something from me it is whatever you want to call it... Stealing, theft, WHATEVER!
      I sound like a broken record... Really bro how long do you want to do this? Lol
      You really have learned nothing. If I've copied something, I haven't taken anything from you. Therefore it's not theft. It is copyright infringement. As in making a copy without consent. Taking vs copying. Simple as that. You really seem to be grasping from straws here. I honestly don't understand why this is so difficult to accept.

      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      It's really funny what we are actually arguing about. We both don't condone piracy but where we differ is the TECHNICAL terms..
      No, not necessarily about anything technical, but rather basic definitions of basic words that one really should know. This is more about clearing up common ignorance/misconceptions than anything else. What's so wrong with wanting to state things correctly?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I like the way someone uses an American dictionary, which does seem to have some very strange defintions,to try and disprove someone.

      If you use the Oxford English Dictionary this is theft, pure and simple.

      But then I'm English not American.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Round 3......FIGHT!!!

      I do wish i could be more involved in the debate! But between work, and downloading a TON of in-app purchases....I just don't have the time!!

      I will say I am on Team: People who accept the fact that they indulge in piracy (however you want to define it), and their conscience is okay with that fact.

      Those of you on the opposing team, just keep in mind.....that if it were up to Apple, jailbreaking in its entirety would be illegal, making everyone here criminals!

      GO TEAM!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Jailbreaking has never been illegal. Theft always has been.
    1. dwizurd's Avatar
      dwizurd -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      Round 3......FIGHT!!!

      I do wish i could be more involved in the debate! But between work, and downloading a TON of in-app purchases....I just don't have the time!!

      I will say I am on Team: People who accept the fact that they indulge in piracy (however you want to define it), and their conscience is okay with that fact.

      Those of you on the opposing team, just keep in mind.....that if it were up to Apple, jailbreaking in its entirety would be illegal, making everyone here criminals!

      GO TEAM!
      Hahaha! Awesome, just awesome.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Oxford english definition: Definition of theft - Oxford Dictionaries (British & World English)
      Definition of theft
      noun
      [mass noun]
      the action or crime of stealing:
      he was convicted of theft
      So.....what is the definition of stealing: Definition of steal - Oxford Dictionaries (British & World English)
      Definition of steal
      verb (past stole /stəʊl/; past participle stolen /ˈstəʊlən/)
      1 [with object] take (another person’s property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it:
      thieves stole her bicycle
      (as adjective stolen)
      stolen goods
      [no object]:
      she was found guilty of stealing from her employers
      dishonestly pass off (another person’s ideas) as one’s own:
      accusations that one group had stolen ideas from the other were soon flying
      take the opportunity to give or share (a kiss) when it is not expected or when people are not watching:
      he stole kisses in shop doorways
      (in various sports) gain (an advantage, a run, or possession of the ball) unexpectedly or by exploiting the temporary distraction of an opponent:
      he stole the ball from Kevin Scott to run on and score his seventh League goal
      Baseball run to (a base) while the pitcher is in the act of delivery:
      he claims he can steal a hundred bases this season
      2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] move somewhere quietly or surreptitiously:
      he stole down to the kitchen
      she disobeyed a court order and stole away with the children
      figurative
      a delicious languor was stealing over her
      [with object and adverbial of direction] direct (a look) quickly and unobtrusively:
      he stole a furtive glance at her
      So if an idea can be stolen and therefore be called theft why can't an app being copied be considered the same?
    1. mori's Avatar
      mori -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hogs4Life View Post
      Unless you are like most and have **********. Free App+Free In-App Purchases.
      i felt like i should put my 2 senteses on somethings i read here, first JB its nto illegal tru,, but by that it means when u use your absenthin,redm0n etc etc, THAT isnt illegal, now it always been my belief, that cydia IS illegal,you may say why?
      well read the IOS TOS, and u will see that adding any3rd party apps its in violation, they might get away with doing it if it were free, cause you can alway s say it was educationla purpose or not for benefict, but mot in this case cydia has a store as well. they take payments, in other words they broken the gardenwall of apple and are using the iphone NOT as apple inteded it to be used.

      now im ok with that, but just to make sure that site like MMI and its followers dont think they are mighty then thou,, cause anyone that installs cydia or any programs from with in,, are in fact breaking the copyright laws.

      to the dude that made the example using a car engine,,, let me put it to you this way,
      u pay for your car you OWN it,, the car companie will not update you engine every time they come out with a new update,, cause u OWN IT its yours and off they hands yes u can do what eva you feel like it and it be ok,
      BUT with IOS# you dont own the OS, u license it, aka ur in lease, witch its WHY they would update it for you everytime something comes out for free,, try leasing a car and change something on it or as you say the engine,, and see what happends.

      so at the end of the day no matter what we tell each other,, MMI ,cydia,etc etc, its a hacking tool to USE something we arent authoraze to use, so when MMI say we dont condone hacking,, ,,,really,,,, your existance its based on hacking. shrug

      and to those that think well how come apple havent shut down all this site,,, think of it this way,, free R & D.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Just a question since I never actually use in-app purchases... But are there any purchases that can be made and traded for cash value?

      For example, I used to use an app called checkpoints, where the more I used the app, the more points I would obtain and could cash in toward tangible objects (used it to get some sweet jabra wireless BT headphones, no cost to me)

      If someone were to use in-app purchases for something like this, then someone is actually losing money somewhere
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      I'm not looking anything up on wikipedia or anything like that, but just going off of my own knowledge.....Didn't the term "piracy" derive from pirates (REAL pirates....like Johnny Depp) stealing actual belongings, currency, goods, rum, souls, the fountain of youth, etc?
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      iAp, my favourite tweek
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Wow, heavy drama or the great debate. I choose great debate.

      Realistically, if you don't know the difference between steeling/pirating and purchasing there is something seriously wrong with the logic, or is it that it's Friday the 13th and everyone is on edge?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      Wow, heavy drama or the great debate. I choose great debate.

      Realistically, if you don't know the difference between steeling/pirating and purchasing there is something seriously wrong with the logic, or is it that it's Friday the 13th and everyone is on edge?
      Great debate