Jailbroken Apple App Site Shutters Its Doors
January 1, 2013

Hackulous Shuts Down, Sites Forums Turning To ‘Ghost Town’

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online

Apple gained a victory in the war on piracy on Sunday as a prominent service for jailbroken iPhones announced it was getting out of the business.

The website "Hackulous" was an aid in helping iPhone users to download iOS App Store applications for free.

In a statement on Sunday, Hackulous said "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," said the Hackulous team. "We're incredibly thankful for the support we've had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence."

Users will now be without the pirating application, which was used in connection with another service known as Apptrackr. Together, these apps were able to serve up cracked applications through a Web interface.

Apptrackr also shut down, citing lack of activity with the site as well. TorrentFreak reported that the abrupt moves by the sites were surprising, even by those familiar with the site's operations.

"The sites were apparently healthy and still had plenty of users," TorrentFreak author 'enigmax' wrote. "Indeed, the shutdown statement appears to carry a contradiction – 'ghost town' forums are by their very nature not particularly difficult to keep 'well-moderated' since nobody uses them."

The report said that it tried reaching out to the admin of Hackulous, Dissident, for an official statement, but the emails "bounced."

Some rumors suggest that Apple's iOS 6 could be just a little too hard to crack, making its software useless for the users who converted.

Each time Apple updates its portable device operating system, hackers have to find a new way to jailbreak the iPhone.

While Hackulous takes itself out of the picture, users can still download pirated apps through other methods like Appcake and Cydia. So far, Cydia does not function on iPhones running iOS 6 though, making the new Apple software seemingly uncrackable.

TorrentFreak also points out that Dissident has really believed in the "try before you buy" method with apps, and that trials are becoming more available to users so this could have played a factor in the decision to yank the plug on the website.