Three months after iOS 7 was launched alongside Apple’s new iPhones, hacking group Evasi0n finally released an untethered jailbreak for the software. But Cydia administrator Jay Freeman noted on his Twitter that he was not informed about a new version of the jailbreak before its debut. Additionally, he said, that the new jailbreak automatically installs a third party app store titled Taig which distributes cracked apps in China.
In order to clarify the matter, Evasi0n has posted an open letter to the jailbreak community on its website saying it is “deeply sorry and embarrassed about the piracy that was seen today.”
The team also added that it was truly approached by a company with an offer to include Taig with the jailbreak in China, as it originally believed TaiG was “well-suited to meet the needs of users for the Chinese market.” The company also added:
“Taig has never asked us to disclose our exploits to them, let alone sell them. We were simply asked to bundle their third-party app store in China in a similar way we bundle and distribute Cydia around the world as an additional App Store, and in a similar way to how previous jailbreaks like blackra1n have bundled non-Cydia stores.”
Two tweets by developer i0n1c claimed that the Chinese company Taig paid the Evad3rs development team “a big pile of money” to make the jailbreak available to the public in order to bundle its app store onto devices. Meanwhile, the developers also claimed that they were not informed that Taig contained pirated apps upon access. They added they “will continue to monitor this issue and work to resolve it completely” and if the piracy cannot be removed, TaiG will be pulled from the jailbreak.
Currently, Evasi0n is available for OS X and Windows as an untethered jailbreak.