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  • In-App Hack Makes its Way to Mac App Store
    The hacker behind the in-app iOS purchase hack has started focusing on bringing the hack to the Mac OS platform. And it works.




    The Mac OS hack utilizes a similar work around on the user side involving the installations of specific security certificates on their machines. Unlike the iOS version though the hack requires the installation a helper program. The program is entitled “Grim Receiper.”

    Apple is still mum on the Mac OS X exploit, but users and developers should expect a swift response in the same vein as Apple’s post on their developer site detailing the temporary fix for iOS, and addressing the permanent fix coming in iOS 6 (most likely a Mountain Lion update). The use of a program to work around OS X’s app store could prove

    Initial reports estimated that some 30,000 free downloads occurred in the first day after the hack became public. The Next Web now claims that before the fix became available iOS users made as many as 8.4 million free purchases. There is no word on whether Apple and developers can or will charge users for purchases made using the hack.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: In-App Hack Makes its Way to Mac App Store started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      Quote Originally Posted by SC10E View Post
      That won't happen...you don't even need to be jailbroken on your iphone for that version of the hack
      But that won't stop them from using it as a leverage and blame it on jailbreaking.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Lameeee...
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Instead of Apple doing the smart thing and fix their faults I bet they will try to sue the guy who found it and attack him instead.
      .
      I'd like to see them try and sue a Russian
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      Quote Originally Posted by baRRy boRRis View Post
      I swear that 3 or 4 jailbreak devs/jailbreak exploiters now work for Apple...
      Yes they do. The guy that made the better notification system now works for apple.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by high dB View Post
      Yet they clearly promote piracy on the front page (YouTube2MP3 on the top right of page)
      While I've never visited this YouTube2MP3 site, but if all it is, as the name suggests, is allowing one to pull the audio part of any Youtube video as an MP3, then I'm sorry, but that in and of itself is not piracy. For that matter, neither is downloading a Youtube video to your local hard drive. Actually, that's what already happens anyways; an video you watch in a browser is actually being stored in your local cache first, same as any other browser content. That said, I don't know what else that site is involved in, so I am not defending it as a whole, I'm just talking about the MP3-from-YouTube-videos aspect.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Piracy is wrong period this is why jailbreaking gets a bad rap because people think its just stealing apps and stuff and that's not what it's about
    1. high dB's Avatar
      high dB -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      While I've never visited this YouTube2MP3 site, but if all it is, as the name suggests, is allowing one to pull the audio part of any Youtube video as an MP3, then I'm sorry, but that in and of itself is not piracy. For that matter, neither is downloading a Youtube video to your local hard drive. Actually, that's what already happens anyways; an video you watch in a browser is actually being stored in your local cache first, same as any other browser content. That said, I don't know what else that site is involved in, so I am not defending it as a whole, I'm just talking about the MP3-from-YouTube-videos aspect.

      downloadin utube videos has never n will never be legal ye its easy 2 do n lots of ppl do it but at the end of the day its still illegal unless u have the permission from the artist to download something that they own the copyright which no 1 does or has
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      This 'hack' is created with the sole purpose of stealing (wether from just the developers or from those foolish enough to use it remains to be seen). The perpetrator should be bought to justice.
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      Oh really? How can you even compare this to a legally owned gun?
      Yeah really. Gun is made for only one reason, to inflict injuries. Gun may be used to scare and thus not being used at all, but it scares just because it CAN kill. The LETHALITY of gun's usage is sole responsibility of the user.

      Same is with this hack. User who created it showed the skill, ability to create such tool, ability to circumvent. For a hacker (or whatever the term might be) there is no other way, rather than present working tool. I too can say - "yo, i created the hack that steals your data just by you looking at this message". But no one would believe (and for good reason) unless it really worked.

      So, again. Those who used the tool are snatches and criminals. Creator is only responsible for being irresponsible (doing something that is against a good will), nothing more. Had he created or had he not, those people who used the tool would have used any other tool, that would promise same results.
    1. djarkiz's Avatar
      djarkiz -
      Quote Originally Posted by high dB View Post
      downloadin utube videos has never n will never be legal ye its easy 2 do n lots of ppl do it but at the end of the day its still illegal unless u have the permission from the artist to download something that they own the copyright which no 1 does or has
      I read ur discussion and was gonna say the same thing that it's illegal to download YouTube videos unless u have permission from owner of content
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Quote Originally Posted by high dB View Post
      downloadin utube videos has never n will never be legal ye its easy 2 do n lots of ppl do it but at the end of the day its still illegal unless u have the permission from the artist to download something that they own the copyright which no 1 does or has
      You seem to be very ill informed. Saving a video from your browser iis in no way illegal. Frankly, it's no more illegal than right clicking an image on a web page and choosing save, or saving an entire page for off-line viewing. You don't need any permission to do that, as this is expressly protected under fair use.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The laws, of course, different in every country...
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      confucious, I was speaking mainly of the United States, seeing as that's the country YouTube (owned by Google, Inc) is based in. Even if that wasn't the case, it would not matter. You cannot ignore the fact that anything you load in a web browser is actually already being downloaded to your computer, so saying that "it's illegal to downloading from " makes no sense. It's already there, sitting in your cache, so it's already there, on your hard drive. Therefore, saving it to another location on your drive is no different than what already occurs.

      But even if that wasn't the case, you'd still have a hell of a time building a case against anyone in any country where one can freely use a VCR or DVR to record what you see on TV. Please read off famous Betamax case, which set a lot of precedent for fair use, for copying/recording from a public medium for your own personal use.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Here in the UK it is illegal to RIP a CD - they are working on changing the law to make it legal. We have no 'fair use' law, but here things are not illegal until they are made so.
      CD ripping is an anomilly that will be changed but Americans find it very difficult to understand UK law - it is usually just common sense.
      Or a donkey.
    1. high dB's Avatar
      high dB -
      Quote Originally Posted by znbl View Post
      You seem to be very ill informed. Saving a video from your browser iis in no way illegal. Frankly, it's no more illegal than right clicking an image on a web page and choosing save, or saving an entire page for off-line viewing. You don't need any permission to do that, as this is expressly protected under fair use.
      Ur the I'll informed 1 lol it's basic copy right law downloading a video which u do not own the copy right to or have permission 2 download doesn't matter what country u from either
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by high dB View Post
      Ur the I'll informed 1 lol it's basic copy right law downloading a video which u do not own the copy right to or have permission 2 download doesn't matter what country u from either
      You cannot compare downloading a video that already is downloaded by the in-browser player to be the same as downloading pirated content. It is more akin to recording music from the radio, or video from TV. The question is if the source of the content was legal in the first place; that is, distribution.
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Anyone can find a glitch or hack in the system. We could say the same about the iPhone Dev Team members but look at them, no job from Apple. Exploiting something means nothing to Apple really.
      Comex got hired by apple for specifically that.

      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Not really. Comex is pretty much the only one, and he's just an intern...
      Peter Hajas who developed MobileNotifier off the top of my head
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by Frostbite View Post
      Comex got hired by apple for specifically that.



      Peter Hajas who developed MobileNotifier off the top of my head
      I wasn't saying nobody has -_- I'm just saying that it's not like Apple hires every exploiter...