Russian Hacker Bypasses iOS In-App Purchases Security

In a recent development, a Russian hacker known as ZonD80 has devised a method to circumvent the App Store’s in-app purchasing system, allowing users to access paid content for free through his servers. This clever hack, however, poses significant ethical and security risks.

Engaging in this hack constitutes theft, plain and simple.

Moreover, it involves transmitting sensitive information, such as your device’s unique ID, to a hacker’s server in Russia. Despite the temptation to obtain costly in-app items at no cost, the risks associated with this hack are too great.

It is in every user’s best interest to avoid this method and instead hope for a swift resolution from Apple to close this loophole.

Detailed coverage of this issue is available on 9to5Mac, including insights from Additionally, Macworld has conducted interviews with the hacker and several app developers about the implications of this exploit.


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