Cracking and pirating Windows Store apps is now possible

If you're feeling particularly dodgy today, perhaps an application to steal paid Windows Store applications is up your alley. Despite Microsoft's best efforts to make the Store secure, Betanews has discovered an application posted on My Digital Life that can be used to turn trial applications on the Store into fully paid applications with the press of a single button.

This app has been available for some time as well, with Wsservice_crk first being released on October 30, before receiving several updates. Once you've patched a few of your system files you can turn free trial applications available on the Store into full versions with little trouble, and there's also a program to sideload unsigned apps onto your computer if you want to bypass Microsoft's Store verification.

Naturally there are some drawbacks to using the cracking service; for example, the application you want to pirate must have a free trial available in the Store. Secondly, apps cannot be updated via the Windows Store, requiring you to uninstall the cracking service from your system if you want to update anything, before having to reinstall it to patch the app again. And of course patching system files could potentially cause issues down the track.

We imagine Microsoft is already on the case of looking for ways to patch out this issue and prevent piracy, as it could lead to developers withholding trial applications in fear that their paid applications will be stolen.

Source: Betanews

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I love VS coders who do hundreds of lines of work then leave the default frigging icon!

Edited by ingramator, Nov 27 2012, 1:38am :

ingramator said,
I love VS coders who do hundreds of lines of work then leave the default frigging icon!

some don't care about a stupid little icon. I for one don't.

ingramator said,
I love VS coders who do hundreds of lines of work then leave the default frigging icon!

This always irritates me too. I have a program I have to use for work and I get to look at that icon on any number of child windows... I mean, come on!

gonchuki said,
And that's why you don't try to create a walled garden on the PC. Lesson learned Microsoft?

Yeah, because this is the first time any sort of crack has been created hey?

Ideas Man said,

Yeah, because this is the first time any sort of crack has been created hey?


Not implying that, but other platforms simply took years to have a proper crack, while on a naturally OPEN ecosystem like the PC it just took one month. And for platforms read it as even Blu-Ray players, where cracking the encoding algorithm took about 2-3 years, not just speaking console-wise or Android vs Windows vs iOS shenanigans here.

Actually, I'm excited to see the legitimate opportunities this creates--namely, sideloading custom metro apps. That should be interesting.

Microsoft ignored the store security on purpose, it's just another conspiracy designed to manipulate Windows 8 haters into adopting the failed touchscreen os.. /s

ccoltmanm said,
If I posted this in the forums I would get a warning.

Oh no! Not a warning! And they didn't say where to to get, how to use, or report anything that other legit sites haven't already.

farmeunit said,

Oh no! Not a warning! And they didn't say where to to get, how to use, or report anything that other legit sites haven't already.


It does say where to get it.
"application posted on My Digital Life "

ccoltmanm said,
If I posted this in the forums I would get a warning.

Guys there's this app from My Digital Life you can get to install Office for free on any PC!

^ Let's wait and watch nothing happen now, shall we?

You cannot seriously think it is good to be sharing information such as this on the front page. This isn't journalism. This is harming developers who are asking for next to nothing for their Metro Apps. Find your conscience Neowin.

Dutchie64 said,
This.

So $0,99 is too much now? Getting so tired of this stuff sometimes.......

we don't do what we do because we are cheap.
For example i have a pay as you go phone and i have made a program for it in c++
that hacks teh phone so you can use content from anywhere rather than the limited selection of crap the isp hands out for a fee. And if i was being cheap i wouldn't let my balance on the phone expire over and over throwing money down the drain when i could simply purchase an app before the money in the account expires.
I made my app fixed some bugs shared it online and never really used it again..
I don't need stupid little apps. they are all crap, including the games.
Oh and the main reason i did it was because as usual opinionated blow hards were saying it couldn't be done.. the DRM used was unbreakable. lol
So I was the first and still am the only one who cracked the system..
Note: "They" were very wrong lol ..there was no drm involved at all lol

You'd be living in a different world if it wasn't for people like me..
going back to when the Wozniak was phreaking should tell ya something.
did he do it because he didn't want to spend a dime on a phone call ?

I get tired of this too

You're given a trial, for goodness sakes. If you're too cheap to purchase an app you like, you are going to make it bad for the rest of us when they start implementing more and more security precautions. Either get a job and pay for what you want or don't use it.

Yes, and this way you drive away the people who are doing a nice job making little apps for little prices. I see this behavior everywhere, people refuse to spend some money on an app they use every day.
You use a pirated Windows version as well......?

<sigh>

This is journalism, and a worthy news item, as it helps to inform the masses of a reasonably serious flaw. Isn't democracy also about freedoms and choices? People have a choice as to what they do with this information; Microsoft also have a choice as to how they will improve this service for everyone.
I don't believe censorship has any place in a 'truely' democratic scenario.

I can see where reporting this is good for the company to get the news out there so perhaps allow it to be corrected. But it also informs the uninformed that its possible. Not to mention the location to where the needed information even resides. Yeah lets blur out the title of the application but tell you where it comes from. One click on Windows 8 and you are there. Good job people.

Will this stop developers coming to the OS, no. This is windows people. Secondly, what OS doesn't have piracy. Its the way of the world. Suck it up and go with the flow.

That being said, neowin's policy on anti-piracy has always been lacks when it comes to news articles that will grab headlines. However, when you mention a single word about possibly doing something of somewhat shaddy measures, you get the beating stick.

O double standards how I love thy.

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