iPhone App Store Games Hacked - All Apps Hackable

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Click to viewApple's Fairplay DRM, which protects all the applications you download from iTunes, has been hacked. The method for hacking this has actually been around for a while, but has been recently applied to Super Monkey Ball and distributed into the wild. To do this, you'll need a jailbroken iPhone and SSH installed (to transfer the game and to fiddle with permissions). The theory is a bit techy and complex, but the execution isn't too insane if you know your way around XCode and the command line.

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The next step, of course, is to get some sort of repository for hacked apps going. iPhone developers who are still pissed about the NDA might be receptive to people paying for their app on the iTunes store, but getting TIMELY updates from another source (or direct from themselves). This way users can bypass that week-long waitlist for revisions we're currently seeing in the App Store. [iPhone hacking via haklabs via Macnn]

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mcdj
mcdj

Part of me thinks it's uncool to make this a headline, but part of me thinks maybe it's not such a bad thing for Apple to know this is going on as early as possible, so they can work out a more secure delivery method and keep the devs from getting ripped off. And it not only affects the dev's wallet but Apple's bottom line. They will fix this I'm sure.

Look at the DRM for iTunes. That hasn't been broken in a couple of years.