Yesterday, only two days before January 1st, 2013, the leaders of a popular iOS piracy community, dubbed Hackulous, posted on their site that they’re shutting down. Following this newly announced closure, the official Installous Jailbreak utility that was used to install pirated apps has also been taken down.
In removing all functionality from their site, Hackulous posted the following message:
We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.
Unfortunately, as stated in their own message of resignation, it’s quite possible that in the void left by the closure of Hackulous, other, more established communities may swiftly rise to prominence.
Piracy is certainly an issue for a countless number of iOS developers; just ask Hunted Cow, a group of developers who had to shut down their popular Battle Dungeon app due to a high server load – roughly 90 percent were users who obtained the app through means of piracy. While we can only hope there won’t be a recrudescence in piracy, it’s all but inevitable.
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