360° Coverage : Apple's iOS 7 Jailbreak Costs Chinese Company $1 Million?

Apple's iOS 7 Jailbreak Costs Chinese Company $1 Million?

According to rumors, Chinese company Taig paid $1 million to the jailbreak team "evad3rs" to install its mobile application store for Chinese-speaking users

Dec 25 2013, 9:45am CST | by

Apple's iOS 7 Jailbreak Costs Chinese Company $1 Million?
Photo Credit: Apple Insider

Shortly after the release of iOS 7's first-ever jailbreak "evasi0n", Chinese users started reporting that Taig's storefront replaced alternative app store Cydia on their mobile devices. Testing confirmed that users who set their default language as Chinese had installed the Taig store. Those with other languages received Cydia.

It is rumored that the team of developers had been paid $1 million for this switch. One member of the evad3rs team is a French hacker known as pod2g, who is said to have discovered some earlier iOS's exploits.

Taig's storefront has been found to host a number of pirated apps. The evasi0n application code was severely protected to make it difficult to audit by other developers.

The developers posted a letter on their website, admitting to have been compensated by Taig. They wrote that they have financially benefited from the jailbreak development, but that it will be free to all users. They also wrote that Taig promised not to condone software piracy, and that they stopped offering their store for installation because of Taig breaking the promise.

It is fairly common to see Chinese third-party stores with pirated content. Most of the hosting costs are covered by advertising revenues. One of Chinese biggest internet companies Baidy paid almost $2 million for the pirated store this year.

Source: Apple Insider

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/25" rel="author">Bijon Kumar Pramanik</a>
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.

 

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