Shortly after the release of the iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak the Evad3rs published an open letter diving into some of the concerns the community had with TaiG and the state of Cydia. In some ways, however, the letter opened up to even more questions and as such the Evad3rs have published a second letter addressing 3 issues.
These 3 issues regard the App Store that came bundled with the Chinese version of Evasi0n7 and are: Privacy, Piracy and Money.
In regards to privacy, we already told you guys that GeoHot reverse engineered the Jailbreak and concluded it was safe, but the Evad3rs have now also done the same, but specifically with TaiG.
First and foremost, and of utmost concern, is privacy. No one’s data was ever sent anywhere. Of course, as a member of the community whose work frees devices, it would be against everything we’ve worked for the last 7 years to jeopardize the security of the users of our software. To reiterate, no Taig software was installed unless the computer’s language was set to Chinese. Furthermore, no Taig software would run unless the user opened the Taig application.
After rumors abound of encrypted data being sent for users in China who’ve installed Taig, we decided to do what we do best – reverse engineer the code of Taig to understand what was being sent. Taig transmitted data similar to what Cydia transmits. Unique device identifiers were transmitted in encrypted form similar to how Cydia uses SSL to protect the privacy of its users. Taig did not transmit any private user data from the devices at all.
The bottom line is TaiG did not transmit anymore personal data than Cydia does.
So what about piracy? Why would the Evad3rs sign a deal with a company that promotes both cracked Cydia tweaks and apps?
Well the initial agreement the Evad3rs signed with TaiG clearly outlined there would be no piracy, but despite the agreement things unfolded differently.
Our written and verbal agreement with Taig banned it. They assured us it was not in there. We did not check every package in their store but a cursory examination before release found no problems. However, after investigation and after notification from the community, we found examples, including pirated tweaks, Apple App Store apps, and even pod2g’s PodDJ app. We dropped the ball on this. While we at first did not believe Taig purposefully violated our agreement, the depth of the transgression against the software developers and the jailbreak community cannot be overlooked and we could not move forward after that even if it were fixed. We terminated our relationship with them. We are very disappointed that they have decided to put up a cracked version of the jailbreak on their site that installs Taig. We did not give them any permission or source code.
Apparently TaiG did not purposely try to violate the agreement, the damage has been inflicted and there will never be a relationship with TaiG and the Evad3rs again.
Finally we get to money. Throughout Evasi0n7’s release there have been a lot of rumors that TaiG ended up paying a sum of money close to $1 million, but according to the Evad3rs they will not be accepting any compensation from the company now.
There have been a lot of rumors listing various amounts we’ve been paid. We have received no monies from any group, including Taig. We will not be accepting any money. Our donations are being given to Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure to help protect jailbreaking as your legal right.
The letter ends with a promise to work hard to fix the problems with Evasi0n7, but also to understand that it is the Holidays and the Evad3rs have had a stressful few days dealing with all the drama that unfolded after the release. In other words, they need some time to recover.
You can check out the entire letter here.