Just hours after going live yesterday afternoon, Apple’s Mac App Store has already been hacked by pirates.
Bizarrely, however, the team behind the crack has said it won’t publicly release the exploit until next year in case it upsets developers.
When the public do get their hands on the software, they will once it’s installed be able to download any application from the App Store without paying.
"We don’t want to release [the software] as soon as the Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that," the man behind the exploit wrote.
"Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release [the software].
"So we’re not going to release [the software] until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers."