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Kali Anti-Piracy Protects AppStore Apps From Piracy

Kali Anti-Piracy Protects AppStore Apps From Piracy

Posted February 10, 2009 at 5:23pm by iClarified
RiP Dev has released Kali Anti-Piracy, a server-side service that wraps an additional layer of protection to the App Store applications preventing them from being pirated.

Every day visiting the App Store we notice hundreds and hundreds of great games, toys, productivity and social apps. The developers spend weeks and months crafting these for us, and in the end... their products get pirated. Why? Well, if you look around on the Internet, the reason is simple -- pirating an app from the App Store, despite the Apple DRM used, is close to trivial now -- buy it, push a button, upload to Rapidshare (or wherever), post an announce on some special site and feel yourself a "cool hax0r".

The downside to this is that not only the developer is harmed (by losing a significant chunk of sales as there are as much as several million jailbroken iPhones around there that can potentially take advantage of cracked apps), but in the end, us as users are harmed too -- if developer loses interest, this means, no updates, and no new products.

Either way, enough rambling... As a result of hard work, investigations and diligent tinkering we're now offering a new service to the developers called Kali Anti-Piracy. It is a server-side service that wraps an additional layer of protection to the App Store applications preventing them from being pirated. Over past several months, we have been protecting our products with it, and so far there's still no cracks for them.

The licensing is dual-tiered, one-time setup fee, with a modest royalty based on the number of copies sold... while this may sound a little rough, in reality, it helps us improve the system further and make sure we keep the hackers on their toes.

So, if you're a developer, consider giving it a try for one or two of your titles and see how it improves your sales and (heh) karma. And if you're a pirate, expect more and more apps to be much, much harder to crack in the near future. ;)

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Scorpios33 - February 11, 2009 at 3:02am
BlaBlaBla...... Cyber Bolls? Hehehehehe........
Enrico - February 11, 2009 at 2:53am
This is rich.. Russians working to prevent piracy. What's next? World peace?
Rt - February 11, 2009 at 12:34am
I do understand the need for this type of software, but consider the reasons behind pirating as well, I'm South African, and the South African app store has about one tenth of the apps that are available in the US app store I went the "more legit", though still not allowed way of opening a us store account, but the difficulties behind doing that are just as hectic, so i can completely sympathize with those who do go the "cracked app" route.... I do however appreciate that apps on cydia and installer are globally sold, so thanx for that ;)
cyberkurajber - February 10, 2009 at 9:07pm
this is a bit funny >) if apple wants apps to be uncrackable, they would made it that way! no way, RipDEV is the main guy on the field :) apps in appstore are cheap; 99.9% of the people who can buy them are buying them! the majority who are using cracked ones are people who CAN NOT buy them via itunes (there are so many countries where iPhone is not represented officially) as with everything else, people who are using cracked stuff, they would mostly never give money for it or they just can not buy it because of technical barriers. it applies to almost everything online: music, movies, apps... so, not many companies will give money to this guy :) I'm sure he would earn more if he give his apps for free and sell a bit of marketing space...
booya - February 10, 2009 at 6:51pm
so what if he worked on unlocked and jailbroken apps... ever heard of tap tap revolution, or my favorite game dactyl? Those were both on jailbroken ipods, and thats where people first fell in love with them. Why would apple prevent these people from making applications, it just gains them more money.
slipknux - February 11, 2009 at 8:01am
This is so hypocratic from Rip-DEV. +1 to the comment above. Speechless, they've lost so many fans!
Anonymous - February 12, 2009 at 2:44am
Yeah.. And devs who will trust RipDev are bound to be bent-over and thrown away as soon as the protection scheme stops making RipDev folks enough (a lot of) money. RipDev guys are the same as Unsanity folks, are the same as folks behind Installer, are the same as guys behind Pusher, which effectively unlocks iPhone and installs Installer (which allows users to download and install pirated software as well). Oh well :). Better implement a protection yourself. Any average developer can do that.
iphonelover - February 10, 2009 at 6:50pm
beans to rip dev.. although good for developers but i think rip devs motive are to make money for himself in first place............. anyways.. piracy is BAD !
Alpha - February 10, 2009 at 6:30pm
I'm by no means defending RiP Dev but comparing cracked apps and unlocking/jailbreaking is not the same thing. Downloading cracked apps is illegal while unlocking/jailbreaking is perfectly fine, even if it does tee apple off. I don't blame developers for trying to protect their income
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