Described as a “community dedicated to pirating iOS applications and distributing them via Cydia (an “App Store” for “jailbroken” iDevices), the infamous Hackulous community had recently been shut down by its proponents.
Featured in a report published by BGR, the news comes as a huge win for Apple and Apple iOS device developers, since the community is notorious for being a venue where paid applications for the iOS platform could be easily found, with the said apps taken from cracked iDevice sources.
Made more popular with its “Installous” and “AppTracker” applications, the banner page of the Hackulous website now bears a shutdown announcement, noting that maintaining the site has become challenging, thus bringing Hackulous’ moderators and webmasters to the decision of simply letting it go.
The message ends noting that it is hoped that “greater communities [will] blossom out of [Hackulous’] absence”.
Last year, the shutdown of three sites noted to host “pirated” apps for the Android platform made waves, with the FBI actually having a role in the takedown of Applanet, AppBucket and SnappzMarket.
Though the shutdown of Hackulous doesn’t come with an FBI seizure warning, which the three sites mentioned above did, the shutdown essentially says a lot about pirated iOS applications and how they are circulating online.
For the longest time, Apple has been plagued with the practice of jailbreaking, which isn’t exactly illegal, but does simplify the installation of pirated iOS apps.
The Cupertino-based brand has even gone as far as blocking “jailbreak” from iTunes Store searches, but as thing stand, the practice of having one’s mobile jailbroken is still popular among certain iDevice users.