A few days back, team @evad3rs took the whole jailbreak community by surprise by releasing the Evasi0n7 untethered iOS 7 jailbreak for all compatible iOS devices. Unfortunately, the initial version of the jailbreak tool also included a pirated App Store specifically for Chinese users referred to as ‘TaiG’, for which the team eventually apologized by issuing a letter, and then announcing the removal of TaiG in Evasi0n7 1.0.1.
Today, the evad3rs have published their second open letter addressing some additional concerns put forth by the jailbreak community. Below are some excerpts from the letter:
“As a member of the community whose work frees devices, it would be against everything we’ve worked for the last 7 years to jeopardize the security of the users of our software. To reiterate, no Taig software was installed unless the computer’s language was set to Chinese. Furthermore, no Taig software would run unless the user opened the Taig application.”
The letter also notes that the team of jailbreakers has terminated their relationship with TaiG, for they put up a cracked version of the jailbreak on their site without their permission:
“Our written and verbal agreement with Taig banned it. They assured us it was not in there. We did not check every package in their store but a cursory examination before release found no problems. However, after investigation and after notification from the community, we found examples, including pirated tweaks, Apple App Store apps, and even pod2g’s PodDJ app. We dropped the ball on this. While we at first did not believe Taig purposefully violated our agreement, the depth of the transgression against the software developers and the jailbreak community cannot be overlooked and we could not move forward after that even if it were fixed.”
Furthermore, the team claims to have refused all the money offered to them by TaiG:
“There have been a lot of rumors listing various amounts we’ve been paid. We have received no monies from any group, including Taig. We will not be accepting any money. Our donations are being given to Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure to help protect jailbreaking as your legal right.”
You can read the letter in its entirety at this link. In case you are looking for a how-to guide for Evasi0n7, here’s our step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak your iOS 7 device.