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Video Shows How to Crack Windows Phone Marketplace: Report

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 12-30-2010 Print
A proof-of-concept video drifting around the Web shows how to download any app for free.

News that Windows Phone Marketplace can be cracked is spreading across the blogosphere, after Windows Phone Central posted a Dec. 29 proof-of-concept video illustrating what some third-party developers have previously suggested.

"A 'white hat' developer has provided WPCentral with a proof-of-concept program that can successfully pull any application from the Marketplace, remove the security and deploy to an unlocked Windows Phone with literally a push of a button," Windows Phone Central's Daniel Rubino wrote in a Dec. 29 posting. "Neither the app nor the methodology is public, and it will not be released (please don't ask). It is important to note that this was all done within six hours by one developer."

The four-minute proof-of-concept video shows the program pulling live data from the Marketplace in response to typing in a keyword (such as "Movies"), downloading a fully cracked app, and then installing it on a device via a XAP Installer. Any app can supposedly be downloaded and installed.

"We have heard many complaints from developers about this weakness for months now and it is their right to know about the flaws in the system," Rubino wrote in his blog posting. "We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part due to this proof-of-concept demonstration."

For more, read the eWeek article: Windows Phone Marketplace Apps Cracked: Report.


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