Apple has begun an attack on App Store piracy. The popular resource for cracked iOS apps known as Apptrackr recently said that Apple has begun sending large amounts of takedown notices, thereby forcing Apptrackr to relocate many of its servers and implement more steps for its users to avoid legal ramifications.
In a note to users of Installous, a Cydia app for downloading and installing pirated apps from the App Store, Apptrackr frontman “dissident” explains Apple’s attempts at crippling the piracy service and how Apptrackr supporters can help keep the resource running.
Captcha checks had to be added when downloading cracked apps so that Apptrackr can avoid the legal implications of hosting direct links to pirated software. The site’s servers have also been moved to different countries. Other piracy hosts have attempted to avoid the courtroom by also moving servers to regions outside of the United States.
The cost of international server hosting has forced Apptrackr to introduce mobile advertisements. The site noted that it can no longer survive on donations alone. New hosts will also be added soon to help distribute cracked apps to the masses.
It’s unclear as to how intently Apple will continue to legally pursue Apptrackr.