Russian Hacker Plays Game of Cat-and-Mouse With Apple

According to Gamasutra a hacker based in Russia has made life difficult for Apple and its App Store. Apparently the Russian hacker has found a way to work around the iOS in-app purchase system, which lets him or anyone that might get their hands on his hack to download the premium version of a game for free. On Friday, hacker Alexey V. Borodin launched a service that gives consumers the ability to bypass the in-app purchase process with any Apple device running iOS 3.0 or higher. The service has attracted more than 30,000 "illicit payment requests," according to The Next Web. Apple is fighting back by blocking the IP address of the server used by Borodin's hack and has issued a request to take down the original server in hopes of preventing further damage.

When Borodin first launched he was taking donations by PayPal but the service has since blocked his account for breaching its terms of service. Undeterred by Apple's actions, Borodin moved his service to a different offshore server. Speaking to The Next Web, Borodin said that he has improved his service so much that it no longer even needs to connect to Apple's servers at all.

Of course the ones really taking the hit from this hack are the app developers who are losing revenue every time someone uses this hack to get their creations for free.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Source: Gamasutra

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