Mac App Store Cracked using “Kickback”! iOS Piracy Goes P2P with “Mobile Hunt”

by Jeffry on December 27, 2010

Hackulous, the community behind cracking the Apple DRM have now developed software ‘Kickback’ for cracking un-leashed Mac App Store. In addition to it, the team is working on interesting “reverse BitTorrent” system ‘Mobile Hunt’ for jailbroken iOS devices which will increase cracked app availability on the Internet.

kickback Hacks Mac App Store

In the past, owners of App Store apps would have to crack the software using something like Clutch then patch, test, upload and submit it to Apptrakr in order to grow its database and enable others to download. But Mobile Hunt, a kind of ‘reverse BitTorrent’, is a clever way of utilizing an existing network of millions of peers to provide a solution to the app supply bottleneck.

“Essentially what will happen is when you’re using Installous you’ll get a little pop up that says ‘Hey, you have an application that Apptrakr doesn’t. We will add the application to a queue in the background (if you say yes) and it will start uploading tiny pieces of it, kind of like a torrent, up to the cloud’,” Dissident explains.

So, unlike BitTorrent, where one starts with a single file that multiplies the more people jump on the torrent, with Mobile Hunt the start point is perhaps hundreds or thousands of copies of the same piece of software, and little tiny pieces of each upload from each person’s device to the cloud in order to make one final copy, which will then become available from Apptrakr. From there it will be available for millions to download.

On January 6th, Apple will release the Mac App Store and before it’s even released; Hackulous have cracked its security with new software called ‘Kickback’, but will not be available before February 2011.

“We don’t want to release kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that,” Dissident explains.

“Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback,” says Dissident.

“So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.”

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[Update 1]: Mac App Store Cracked! Here’s How to install Cracked Apps [Guide]

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  • HustenSchnupfenHeiserkeit

    Wo ist der download link?
    Where is the downloar link for Kickbag?

  • Ronald

    Seems more like you are against piracy unless it makes for a good story, in which case you are happy to promote it.

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