Just hours after Apple opened the virtual doors on its new desktop and laptop based Mac App Stores the system has been hacked with users able to download the full array of paid-for apps free of charge.
Despite the team of hackers originally responsible for pirating their way to free Mac-based applications announcing they would not be making their hacking software public until next year out of respect to developers, a number of mimickers have revealed online guides on how to trick the newly launched online store into coughing up free applications.
In what appears to be a surprisingly simplistic process, Mac App Store users can fool the system into believing it has purchased paid-for applications by transferring three files from legally downloaded free applications into the content information of yet to be downloaded purchasable content. We must remind you that such practices fall on the shady side of the law and are not recommended or condoned.
The mysterious man behind the original hack announced: “We don't want to devalue applications and frustrate developers." He added: "Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store 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 [the software].”
Officially launched yesterday with more than 1,000 applications already available, the Mac App Store was dated for arrival back in December with Apple’s head honcho Steve Jobs announcing: “The App Store revolutionised mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on 6 January.”
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