Hackulous is a community known for cracking Apple DRM and indexing cracked iOS applications.
The community has long said they only do what they do because Apple does not offer trials or refunds on apps in the iOS App Store. Hackulous offers two products, Apptrakr, an index of cracked apps, and Installous, an app for jailbroken devices that allows the installation of the cracked software.
Before Apple has a chance to launch the Mac App Store on January 6th, Hackulous has already found a way to remove the DRM that comes with the applications, using a new software dubbed Kickback.
Despite having the software available already, Hackulous admin "Dissident" says they will not release it yet:
We donít want to release kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that...Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, theyíll be pretty good. Apple isnít going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. Itíll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, weíll probably release Kickback.
So weíre not going to release Kickback until well after the storeís been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We donít want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Dec 2010 1:10