It’s a big day for everyone is the jailbreak community. Starting from the release of evasion Jailbreak tool by the evad3rs team, and ending up with a lot of angry tweets about what appears to be a Chinese AppStore bundled into the Jailbreak and it offers pirated apps. So how all of this happened? How the hell did a Chinese AppStore ended up is in the Jailbreak tool?
Who are the evad3rs team?
The evad3rs team are: * Nikias Bassen @pimskeks * PlanetBeing @planetbeing * Pod2G @pod2g * MuscleNerd @musclenerd The team first came popular when they released iOS 6 Jailbreak in Feb. 4th, 2013. It was like a hurricane hit the Jailbreak community bcuz they were the first to break iOS 6, and that was after a lot of announcement that the team was working on it, and there was a countdown on their website, so imagine what it felt like when, from out of no where, from the middle of nothing, no news, no tweets, nothing, the team managed to crack open iOS 7 and release a Jailbreak tools in the time for Christmas for all the Jailbreakers our there.
Here comes Jay Freeman
So, I got no lead time on evasi0n7, nor was I asked for an official iOS 7 Cydia; I was not given builds, nor was I asked for things to test.— Jay Freeman (saurik) (@saurik) December 22, 2013
This tweet was like the flame that started the fire in the Jailbreak community, it’s really weird to see that the father of
Cydia had nothing to do with this new Jailbreak and didn’t even test it, and what’s more interesting is his next tweet:
(In particular, I will point out that the build of "Cydia" included is not official, and couldn't really include the fixes I'd been making.)— Jay Freeman (saurik) (@saurik) December 22, 2013
The Cydia build inside the Evasion Jailbreak tool is not official, and doesn’t have the latest updates and fixes, so this make Jailbreakers ask them self if it’s safe to Jailbreak at this time. But it didn’t stop there!
So what happened next?A
After couple of hourse from the evasi0n7 release, Paul Haddad the developer of TweetBot twitter client sent out a tweet saying that there’s a news about the evad3rs getting paid 1 million dollar from a Chinese company:
“A Chinese company paid the evad3rs a rumored 1 million dollars …, forcing their own App Store onto the phone.” https://t.co/inqTrfGYkt— Paul Haddad (@tapbot_paul) December 22, 2013
And another tweet from
Jay Freeman aka @saurik saying that when you Jailbreak your iOS device with the language set to Chinese, the Evasion Jailbreak tool will automatically install a Chinese AppStore called TaiG with pirated/cracked apps. This mean that paid apps are available for free on that Chinese AppStore, and this is something the Jailbreak community don’t like.
This made a lot of people angry, specially the
evad3rs team, and according to @Pod2g the team decided to remotely disable the install of TaiG the Chinese AppStore:
We have decided to remotely disable the default installation of TaiG in China for further investigations on the piracy issue.— pod2g (@pod2g) December 23, 2013
After that the
evad3rs team released a statement regarding all the buzz surrounding the release of their Evasion Jailbreak tool
Please read http://t.co/QSRcA0tzVf— evad3rs (@evad3rs) December 22, 2013
You can read the
statement here And Jailbreakers were praying that all of this is over now, but yeah things don’t always go the way you want. The war has just began
TaiG the AppStore the Malware
Translation to what’s written on TaiG website:
Hearing the good news / share to fellow prisoners / We try to do more for the Chinese users, in this latest jailbreak release, we began offering a new mobile version of tai chi assistant, allowing you to more easily install applications / plug-ins, manage mobile and sources. We will continue to update, to provide better service. * Evad3rs & Tai Chi Now after all of this madness with the Chinese AppStore
TaiG, rumores started to come out, specially viruses and maleware rumores. Like these tweets from: Sawyer Pangborn @spangborn
GeoHot, he started it, and he ended it!!!
For those of you who don’t know who’s GeoHot, his real name is George Francis Hotz aka GeoHot. He was the first person to Jailbreak the first iPhone, to be more specific, he was the first one to unlock it.
When the first iPhone came out, it used to work only with AT&T, but geohot had T-Mobile family plan, and since all of his friends bought the iPhone, he wanted to use it too without changing his carrier, so he did, that’s it, he cracked open the iPhone, and hacked his way into a square sliver of black plastic called a baseband processor, the chip that limited the carriers with which it could work. You can read the full story on The New Yorker. According to this article from iDownloadBlog geohot closed his twitter account 2 years ago and now his back @tomcr00se He tweeted congratulating the evad3rs team for their work and for releasing the Evasion Jailbreak tool first, bcuz they were in a race on who will release the Jailbreak tool first.
And in another article from The Verge which is about geohot but not about the Jailbreak or the iPhone, it appears that geohot is actually a rapper, and he have couple of tracks on his Soundcloud profile that you can listen to here, and to be honest he does look like Eminem. Going back to jailbreak related news from Geohot, he did something to end this madness, he wrote exactly what happenes when you Jailbreak your iOS device using the evad3rs Evasion Jailbreak tool. And according to him there’s no malware being installed on iOS devices when you Jailbreak it.
He said and I quote:
I found nothing sketchy in my reversing, your phones most likely aren’t being backdoored by Chinese. So as you can see here, he did put an end to all this madness and all the buzz surrounding the TaiG Chinese app.
Is this all over now?
Translation from the site:
Thanks for bricking* our devices on Christmas Thanks for bundling TaiG Seeing as you guys have got the money to “partner” with the Evad3rs Why not do the community a service? You guys should replace the bricked* devices for free This is a huge letdown, you guys have defeated the whole ideology behind jailbreaking Can’t you guys just stop challenging how low users are willing to go? No!!! First of between all of this there was a
leaked audio recording of geohot, _The r_emoved link of the audio recording is currently listed on Google’s list of known phishing sites. in this audio recording that was first posted in reddit, you can hear Geohot Talking to Someone in The JB Community, Negotiating Sale of iOS 7 Jailbreak, and it was reported by iClarified. Then there was some news on reddit saying that TaiG related domain hacked and defaced. And now there’s this tweet:
@i0n1c TaiG released a 1.0.1 "update" to the evasi0n, to force chinese locale setting and skip the remote check that disable TaiG install.— David Frank (@bitinn) December 24, 2013
So yeah, I guess the madness is not going to end!!!