Betanews reports that the Windows 8 store’s app protection has been well and truly cracked, allowing even novice users to make trial apps free full versions with only a click of a button.
The hack called Wsservice_crk was released on October 30, 2012 on the My Digital Life forum and allows users to crack Windows Store applications, sideload unsigned apps so that they can be run on Windows 8 Metro and the means to create app packages that can be further redistributed.
Like all cracking software it does of course leave the user at the mercy of the original hacker, and with system files being modified does not just leave a PC potentially less stable, but also in a state where it can not really be trusted for anything important.
The hack also prevents apps from being updated, but there is a onerous work-around for this.
Of course with nearly 90% of apps in the Windows 8 Store free and the rest pretty cheap one wonders what the point of the hack really is.
A Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews the company is looking into reports of the cracking software.