Chinese hackers have launched a pirated app store that allows people to download pirated iOS apps with no jailbreaks needed. The online web store uses geolocation to determine a user’s location and if that user is outside of China the user is not granted access to the store and is redirected to another page run by the hackers.

Out of respect for the hard work iOS developers do we aren’t linking to the store or revealing its name.

Piracy takes away from the development of apps on iOS. Many of the best apps today were created by a single developer or a small development team who didn’t have a lot of financial resources when they got started. If their apps are being pirated, resulting in limited financial reward, why would small devs continue on? Some of the best apps in the App Store — apps that are part of the reason your iPhone is so cool — wouldn’t exist.

So please, think before you pirate, because in the long run you’re hurting not just the developer, but the entire iOS ecosystem and yourself as well (and no, “I pirate an app to see if I’ll like it and then buy it if I do” is not any kind of valid excuse).

Chinese hackers launch pirate App Store, no jailbreak needed originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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