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.