Apple Fighting Back Against In App Purchase Hack, But Service Still Operational

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Late last week, we reported on the launch of a new method to allow App Store users to bypass Apple's In App Purchase mechanism and receive additional content free of charge. At the time, we noted that use of the method involved theft of content from developers and exposed iOS device users to dangers as their account and device information was being routed to servers under the control of the Russian hacker running the service, but we felt that reporting on the issue to bring it to light was the responsible thing to do in order to alert developers to the issue and perhaps spur Apple into action.

    The Next Web now follows up with a report outlining some of the steps Apple has been taking to combat the issue, including issuing a copyright claim to have the original video showing the hack in action pulled from YouTube.
    The hacker, Alexey Borodin, remains committed to the service and has been working to skirt around the roadblocks being thrown up by Apple, in part by moving the service to a server in another country, but it is clear that Apple is working on the issue and addressing it through multiple routes in order to improve the security of In App Purchase content. For now, however, the service remains operational.

    Article Link: Apple Fighting Back Against In App Purchase Hack, But Service Still Operational
  2. thelink macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2012
    Leave it to Apple to take away someone's fun.... :rolleyes:
  3. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
  4. madrag macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
  5. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    am I the only one who feels like news/rumors sites shouldn't be posting about this... This is only drawing attention to it and tempting more people to steal from these hard working developers.
  6. aristotle macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    I feel sorry for Alexey Borodin. He has no moral centre.
  7. JGowan macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2003
    Mineola TX
    I think you mean "flea". Fleas are super fast jumpers. On the other hand, Ticks either crawl very slowly on you or are attached, sucking on you (or your pet.)
  8. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    If someone wants to steal, they'll find some way to do it. I don't think it's fair to blame the news sites for posting this. It's relevant to the MacRumors community because it involves a security issue. I think it's actually helpful that places are posting it, provided they're also telling people why it's insanely stupid to use this hack. It might actually discourage some people from trying it.
  9. haincha macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    Any person with a jailbreak can get this same thing, without having to send your info through a rogue server. If you're non jailbroken and attempt this, you deserve any penalty that could be handed out. I know devs have a way of checking if you have legitimately purchased their app, same thing can apply. Or do like that FPS game did for PS3, pirates get an unkillable mob that just rages until you're dead.
  10. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    You realise this isn't 'someone's fun' - it's theft, that affects developers income.
  11. 0038396 Suspended

    Jun 8, 2009
    Kentucky, USA
    Leave it to hackers to steal from people who worked hard on their products :rolleyes:
  12. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
  13. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    From the article:
    Of course Apple would not contact _him_. They would be contacting the police where he lives.
  14. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    Just kill the host body. ;)
  15. Uncle Ruckus macrumors newbie

    Uncle Ruckus

    Jul 15, 2012
    I think what he doing is wrong but who am I to say.

    Uncle Ruckus no relations
  16. writingdevil macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    Agreed. And they not only reported, in detail, about it, but posted a video showing exactly how to execute it. Several people commented on the risk of doing this and, of course, got "grow up" feedback from others who seemed to enjoy the opportunity for theft.

    i'm not a developer and couldn't be if I wanted to as I just don't have the skill set to program day in and day out. But it makes me wonder, if the people who do hack, who enjoy "breaking and entering, theft of product" would, if given the means, break into a store and take merchandise, knowing they wouldn't get caught? I work in film and every illegal download of media may not represent a purchase that would have been made since some people wouldn't pay if that were the only way to get the product, but it reduces the pool from which we get paid. The same could apply to any product or service, but somehow the theft of media and certainly the current hacking craze means a lot of ordinary "law abiding" users don't mind a little theft,once in a while. Even more weird is the logic "if they didn't charge so much, then I wouldn't steal." That's the gangbangers mantra. Maybe it's moving mainstream?
  17. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    You mean like how people have been stealing from the app store for the past 4 years? :rolleyes:

    It's like posting "The combination to the vault at your local bank is 32-16-50, but we recommend that you don't use this information. You could get caught"

    Sure it's possible to rob a bank without the combination and its possible that you could get caught, but it's only encouraging a large audience of people to go rob that bank now.
  18. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    Scary thought. :apple:
  19. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    If you ARE jailbroken and attempt this, you still deserve punishment. Stealing from developers’ hard work is what gives jailbreaking a bad name.
  20. dynamojoe macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I think the best way for Apple to stop this would be to start emailing all the thieves receipts and charging their credit cards, or just cancelling their iTunes accounts.
  21. aamirshah macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2012
    wow this is sure very bad news for apple. how do they hack such a secure systems, i remember few months ago hackers hacked psn network and caused sony millions.
  22. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Karma's a bitch.
  23. writingdevil macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    This kind of reasoning totally escapes, at least for me, any form of logic one subscribes to. "Let's show people, specifically and in detail, how to X, it will certainly discourage people from doing X. ?????????????
  24. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    If the thought of giving someone the credentials to your iTunes account (and all the power that entails) in order to save a buck doesn't deter you from pirating (again, over chump change), then you deserve all the ID theft coming your way.

    Honestly, you're using an at least $200 device (iPod touch) in order to steal relatively pennies' worth of goods. Yay.
  25. blucable macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2012
    I think you are the only one. It's good that they post this, I mean, if it was like Windows stuff, the OS costs $350, that is a ridiculous price for something you can only use in one computer, if you use it more than 3 times in one computer you are screwed, you need to buy a new license. At this point I would go and pirate the crap out of that windows.

    In apple's case tho, I mean for real? you are going to crack $0.99 apps? it is totally ridiculous, even the Lion upgrade which I bought 2 days ago for $29.99 that is quite an affordable price, and you get a top quality OS or apps. Customers who pay for their stuff are the ones that allow apple to keep developing better applications and OS, come on, they dont get paid, there's poor or no development at all. Isn't that encouraging enough to go pay for the software you get?

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