Apple is beginning to take some initial steps in stopping the in-app purchase hack that we talked of earlier. The IP Addresses that the Russian hacker was using to distribute the exploit were blocked over the weekend, according to The Next Web. Also, Apple has reportedly made a request for the servers used to be taken down, also issuing a copyright claim to remove the YouTube video showing users how to use the exploit.
PayPal also took some action (most likely with a push from Apple, but not confirmed) by placing a block on hacker Alexey V. Borodin’s account, stopping him from being able to receive donations for violating it’s terms of service. The hack, which would allow users to download in-app purchases for free, involved the installation of certificates on the device and connecting to a unique DNS server. Apple responded quickly saying they take “reports of fraudulent activity very seriously.” Before the take down, Borodin claimed that his hack had been used for over 30,000 illegitimate downloads. And the hack is still not completely gone, with Borodin constantly keeping it alive.
The current methods of blocking it to prevent it are only short-term, and a software fix is most likely on the way. Don’t be surprised if you see something such as iOS 5.1.2 before iOS 6 drops this fall.
What do you think? Did you try this hack? Are you concerned Apple isn’t working quick enough to fix it? Are you an outraged developer? Let us know in the comments.