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New Apps Enable iPhone Pirates Without Jailbreaking

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Time for app pirates to raise a new Jolly Roger.

Installous—the infamous app that allowed users of jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and other iOS devices to download pirated apps for free—has been deactivated, according to its now-shuttered development community Hackulous.

Installous gave users essentially unrestricted access to thousands of apps while avoiding charges from Apple’s app store. The demise of the Hackulous community would be good news for Apple, if, like a hacker hydra, two new app-pirating apps hadn’t immediately sprung up in its place.

The two new apps, Zeusmos and Kuaiyong, both provide the same free app-downloading service—except neither requires use of a jailbroken iOS device. Zeusmos, though, charges for the installer app, essentially charging pirates for the privilege of getting free apps they could have just bought to begin with.