News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 31, 2012.
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Apple iPhone users who relied on Installous to install their pirated iPhone apps will have to look elsewhere now that the famed app store has ceased functioning because the Hackulous community has called its quits. Citing "stagnant" forums that have become hard to manage, the Hackulous team decided to shut down its community yesterday. The shutdown also crippled Apptrakr, a repository for pirated apps that Installous uses to install the apps on jailbroken iPhone and iPad devices.
The following message was posted on the Hackulous website:
"We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. 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. We're incredibly thankful for the support we've had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.
With lots of love,
TorrentFreak reports that the reason given for the shutdown seems strange considering that its sources say that the forums had a healthy amount of users, and a "ghost town" by nature should not be difficult to moderate if there isn't much activity. Regardless of the reason Hackulous is no more, the loss of the pirated app store will surely put a smile on the face of Apple and the developers whose products were passed around the community without permission. There are other alternatives, but the closure of the largest and most recognized store for cracked apps is a small victory.via: TorrentFreak
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.