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iOS 7 jailbreakers drop controversial Chinese app store following user backlash

iOS 7 Jailbreak Evasi0n

It has been a long and difficult wait for gadget enthusiasts eager to jailbreak the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform but once an iOS 7 jailbreak was finally released, drama instantly ensued. A team of iOS hackers knows as evad3rs released their iOS 7 jailbreak tool Evasi0n7 just before Christmas and people were elated. It wasn’t long before a discovery was made, though: the tool installed a seemingly shady app store called “Taig” on devices belonging to Chinese users. There were many unknowns surrounding this unofficial app store and users were cautioned not to jailbreak until questions were answered. Things seemed to simmer down when well-known hacker Geohot gave Evasi0n7 his stamp of approval, but worries that private user data was being transmitted by Taig continued. When Taig released its own version of the Evasi0n7 jailbreak software, however, that was apparently the last straw for the evad3rs — the group announced in a public letter on Christmas Day that it has ended its relationship with Taig and removed the store from its jailbreak software. The group also responded to rumors that it was paid $1 million to include the Taig app store in its initial iOS 7 jailbreak, noting that it has “refused all monies from Taig.”

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.