If you have been using or following iPhones for a long time, you might know about Cydia Store and the jailbreaking tweaks, it “used” to retain.
Cydia founder Jay “Saurik” Freeman has now decided to shut down the purchasing system of the Apple’s rival store. This comes after a bug on the platform, related to PayPal digital token authorization which may have caused data leak of “very few users.”
Saurik explains that the bug has only risked the data of users who “logged in and used Cydia while also browsing a repository with untrusted content” — against which he had strongly advised from time to time.
He mentioned in a Reddit post that he was anyway planning to shut down the Cydia Store by the end of the year. And the data leak report just performed as a catalyst.
Apart from the decreasing popularity of the iPhone jailbreaking, one of the reasons, Saruik mentions for shutting down the Store, is the hefty hosting bills he is continuously paying from his pocket.
Anyway, the major takeaway is that Cydia is now officially closed for purchasing any new iPhone jailbreaking tweaks. However, Saurik does intend to allow users to download jailbreak tweaks that they have already paid for.
With the increasing amount of security on the latest iPhones, the shut down of entire Cydia store might be inevitable. Meanwhile, Saurik says that he will make a more “formal” announcement next week.