Apple wins this round: iOS piracy haven Hackulous shuts down

Daniel Bader

December 31, 2012 12:29pm

One of the unspoken truths of jailbreaking an iOS device is access to pirated apps. Defenders of the jailbreak scene often cite app piracy as a scourge against their path to legitimacy; the Cydia store does not condone it, but offers alternative apps that would not otherwise be offered by Apple.

After many years of reigning at the top of the iOS app piracy world, Hackulous, which provided the “try before you buy” portal Installous, has unceremoniously shut down. The Cydia repository, which provided a means to download pirated iOS apps, is no longer accessible, while the web-based portal no longer responds to requests.

The message behind the shutdown was not one of federal investigation, though that may have been the case. The admins cited a “ghost town” in the official forums, likely due to lower user interaction. iOS 6 has yet to see an official jailbreak, meaning modern devices such as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini cannot access apps from outside official means. iPhone 4S and iPad with Retina Display users still have access to a true untethered jailbreak, but it’s limited to iOS 5.1.1.

This is a silent win for Apple, as the company has prevented any exploits in its newer devices being used for nefarious purposes. The jailbreak scene has slowed down considerably as a result, and as we near the release of iOS 6.1 there are no indications that an untethered jailbreak for newer iDevices is on the way, despite previous claims.

Source: Torrentfreak

  • howitzer

    Can’t remember having that kind of problem with Android…

    • Alex

      That’s because the APK are freely available all over (if you know where to look), while iOS only had this place.

  • 2c

    RIP RIM!!!!! 😀 😀

    • 2c.

      Oh, and I like it in the bum.

    • 2c,

      ill do the same thing again until somebody in this world loves me 🙁

  • Alex

    Every android comes with sideloading of apps, out of the box.
    Walled gardens fail, always.
    No single iphone has been rooted, ever, as far as i can tell.

    • shawn

      No not rooted just jail broken….which essentially same thing

    • ryan

      actually i know some1 running android on a iphone 3

  • Sania


  • HeyLo


  • Evan Wickes

    if ur going to jailbreak iOS, mine as well move to android, esp now!!

    • Henry

      I agreed. Never understood the reason behind jailbreaking while most androids can be rooted and load custom rom with minimal security problem

      Difference between Jailbreak and Android custom rom community is that one is called hackers while another developers

  • jess

    I agree with the previous statement. If your willing to jailbreak an iphone just so you can customize it more, why not go with an andriod ?makes no sense to me. Just jump the gun, iphones not top leader anymore theyve got a lot more to compete with .

  • Kid.Canada

    And there goes the only reason to buy an iOS device over an Android. RIP iOS!

  • 45

    Good. Even when I had an iPhone that was jailbroken, I’d still buy the apps I like to support the developpers.

  • haxor99

    Die Apple Die!

  • Thai

    This really doesn’t matter. Have you seen the average iCrap user? They don’t care for jailbreaking. They just want their Hello Kitty skins on their tiny screened devices while texting their 12 year old friend. The remaining users are just plain mentally retarded.

    • sheldon

      lol, too funny and so true.

  • rip

    Rip jailbreak

  • Dave

    “This is a silent win for Apple”

    No way! This is a huge lose for Appcrap, without cydia who’s in the right mind would even bother to buy an over price, a piece of crap. LOL

  • Michael

    I know a guy with an iPhone 5 who is chomping at the bit waiting to jailbreak his iPhone. I warned him it might never happen, why not switch to android if you want to customize. He doesn’t listen.

  • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

    This just means less capable users are still on iOS and advanced users have moved onto Android.

  • Allan

    No point getting an iOS device if it can’t be jailbroken.

  • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

    … or it could mean I just like to blow goats.

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

      Must find goats. I’ll check if 2c has any.

  • Mojo

    This will probably cause a lot of apple users to switch to android. a lose-lose situation for apple. I already know 2 people who regret buying iphones already and their next phones will be android.

  • Simple solutions

    Relax folks. There are only roughly ten other sources that either work the same or bett than installous ever did.

    I’ll give a hint to one of them. Vshare.

  • Slype

    This is also a win for other customizable phone OSes for the simple reason that many people who jailbroke their phone did so because they wanted the ability to customize their phone the same way that can be done out of box in Android.

    Without this, a lot of those people who enjoy being able to personalize their phone now have a strong reason to leave the singularity that Apple has become.

  • Jimmy

    No apple products. Android is The BEST!