Earlier today, the elite evad3rs hacker team announced, quite surprisingly, the release of its long-awaited untethered evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak solution, dubbed evasi0n7. Not long after its release, though, evasi0n7 was found to include a Chinese app store offering pirated software and to break the popular Cydia and MobileSubstrate jailbreak components. Addressing these issues, the evad3rs team has published an open letter to the jailbreak community.
“We are deeply troubled by the rumors and speculation surrounding our iOS 7 jailbreak,” the team begins in its letter. “We would like to present the whole story to you.”
First off, the evad3rs team sets the record straight regarding the issue of the inclusion of the Chinese app store in question, known as TaiG. The team discloses that it inked a deal with the company behind TaiG to have the app store bundled with evasi0n7 in China. It then deals with the problem of piracy pointed out within TaiG:
We are deeply sorry and embarrassed about the piracy that was seen today. All of us have spoken out vehemently against piracy in the past. We don’t believe it’s right for developers to not get paid for their work. In our agreement with Taig, we contractually bind them to not have piracy in their store. This was an extremely important precondition of working with them. In entering the agreement with them, we had hoped and continue to hope that our cooperation with Taig will improve the piracy situation in China.
The evad3rs team notes that it’s working with TaiG to resolve the privacy problem. “We will continue to monitor this issue and work to resolve it completely,” it assures the jailbreak community. “Taig will be pulled from the jailbreak if it cannot be resolved.”
In line with this, evad3rs member @pod2g has announced via Twitter that the default installation of TaiG in China has been remotely disabled for further investigations on the issue at hand.
Continuing in its letter, the evad3rs team proceeds to deal with the issue concerning the fact that Cydia and MobileSubstrate were not updated for official inclusion in evasi0n7:
After we received the offer from Taig, we informed Saurik, our friend, of our decision to accept the offer. SaurikIT had been in talks with Chinese companies regarding potential partnerships, made a counteroffer. We believe they share our views on how a relationship with companies in China currently utilizing jailbreaking might benefit everyone in the community. Unfortunately, the negotiations did not work out. A few days later, we received information that SaurikIT was working with another group to release a jailbreak ahead of us. We decided to release, knowing that Cydia, MobileSubstrate, and jailbreak tweaks would be updated after a few days, just as it always has in the course of jailbreaking.
You can read the evad3rs letter in full on the evasi0n website.
If you’d like to install evasi0n7, notwithstanding the aforementioned issues, check out our just-posted video tutorial. Note that evasi0n7 is compatible with all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4