The evad3rs first address any concerns over user's privacy and data, specifically, what the TaiG app did when installed on user's devices. Additionally, they assured uses that no TaiG software was installed unless the user's language was set to Chinese.
Privacy and Taig
First and foremost, and of utmost concern, is privacy. No one's data was ever sent anywhere. Of course, as a member of the community whose work frees devices, it would be against everything we've worked for the last 7 years to jeopardize the security of the users of our software. To reiterate, no Taig software was installed unless the computer's language was set to Chinese. Furthermore, no Taig software would run unless the user opened the Taig application.
After rumors abound of encrypted data being sent for users in China who've installed Taig, we decided to do what we do best - reverse engineer the code of Taig to understand what was being sent. Taig transmitted data similar to what Cydia transmits. Unique device identifiers were transmitted in encrypted form similar to how Cydia uses SSL to protect the privacy of its users. Taig did not transmit any private user data from the devices at all.
The evad3rs then discuss the issue of piracy and the TaiG app store. They note that TaiG had promised them there would be no piracy, but that obviously was not the case. They also denounce the cracked version that TaiG posted on their website that installs their software. They did so without the evad3rs' permission.
Piracy and Taig
Our written and verbal agreement with Taig banned it. They assured us it was not in there. We did not check every package in their store but a cursory examination before release found no problems. However, after investigation and after notification from the community, we found examples, including pirated tweaks, Apple App Store apps, and even pod2g's PodDJ app. We dropped the ball on this. While we at first did not believe
Taig purposefully violated our agreement, the depth of the transgression against the software developers and the jailbreak community cannot be overlooked and we could not move forward after that even if it were fixed. We terminated our relationship with them. We are very disappointed that they have decided to put up a cracked version of the jailbreak on their site that installs Taig. We did not give them any permission or source code.
Finally, the evad3rs note that they have not accepted any more from TaiG, and will not accept any form of payment. Any donations will be given to the EFF or the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure to help keep jailbreaking your devices legal.
We have refused all monies from Taig
There have been a lot of rumors listing various amounts we’ve been paid. We have received no monies from any group, including Taig. We will not be accepting any money. Our donations are being given to Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure to help protect jailbreaking as your legal right.
Last but not least, the team notes that they are hard at working at pushing out more updates for the jailbreak to fix any lingering issues.
We are working hard to fix the problems with the jailbreak. Unfortunately, it's the holidays and we would like to spend time with our friends and family. The events of the last couple of days have been extremely stressful for us and we need some time to recover.
We will work as hard as we can to resolve any remaining issues. Thank you for your understanding. We worked very hard to bring this jailbreak free of charge to the community. We hope you can all enjoy it.
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