updated 10:27 am EDT, Fri April 19, 2013
Access to apps still limited to Chinese users
A Chinese website, 7659.com, is providing access to pirated iOS apps, reports observe. The site functions as a portal for software called KuaiYong, which is promoted as a supposed bulk licensing authorization tool for distributing free software, and a way of introducing Chinese people to the iTunes system. While KuaiYong dates back to 2012, the website appears to be new, and still requires KuaiYong to actually download the pirated content.
The KuaiYong client is said to exploit Apple's enterprise distribution system, meant for organizations needing to distribute one or more apps amongst large groups. The system provides essentially unlimited distribution after a provisioning profile has been granted by Apple, which KuaiYong is using to hand out apps to the general public.
VentureBeat notes that both KuaiYong and 7659.com appear to be owned by Beijing YouRanTianDi Technology Co. Ltd.. Currently the piracy scheme requires a Chinese IP address, but M.I.C. Gadget says that an international version of KuaiYong is in development, including an English version for Windows. KuaiYong's creators already claim to have about 5 million users, and to have caused the proportion of jailbreakers in China to fall from 60 percent to 30.