The evad3rs jailbreak team released their iOS 7.x jailbreak earlier today. Jay Freeman, known to the jailbreak community as Saurik, has confirmed the evasi0n7 jailbreak contains a Chinese ‘pirated’ App Store.
Evad3rs have released an official statement concerning the rumours and speculations surrounding their iOS 7 jailbreak. While the team was developing the iOS 7 jailbreak, they were approached by a Chinese company with an offer to include Taig, a ‘pirated’ Chinese App Store, as a part of the jailbreak.
The letter explains the security and privacy issues with the release of the jailbreak. The statement, which addresses privacy concerns in the latest jailbreak tool, says:
Preventing piracy is also extremely important to us. We are deeply sorry and embarrassed about the piracy that was seen today.
The jailbreak team does not believe it is right for developers to not get paid for their work. In their agreement with Taig, they contractually stopped them from having any form of pirated software in their store.
We are very upset that despite our agreement and review by their team, piracy was found in the store.
The team will continue to monitor and resolve the issue. In the case the issue cannot be resolved, Taig will be removed from the jailbreak.
The letter also discusses why Cydia and MobileSubstrate were not included with the jailbreak.
After we received the offer from Taig, we informed Saurik, our friend, of our decision to accept the offer. SaurikIT had been in talks with Chinese companies regarding potential partnerships, made a counteroffer…Unfortunately, the negotiations did not work out. A few days later, we received information that SaurikIT was working with another group to release a jailbreak ahead of us. We decided to release, knowing that Cydia, MobileSubstrate, and jailbreak tweaks would be updated after a few days, just as it always has in the course of jailbreaking.
The team has decided to keep their jailbreak available for free hoping users will donate.
Any jailbreak from us will always be free to the users but we believe we have a right to be compensated in an ethical way, just as any other developer.
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