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Hacking conference streaming app rejected from App Store
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Nov 2, 2015, 08:29 AM
A hacking collective is complaining that Apple has rejected its app from the app store, potentially as retaliation for previous iOS hacks by its researchers. The Chaos Computer Club's app was intended for people unable to attend the Chaos Communications Congress in Germany to view streams of security talks at the event, with Apple allegedly using revelations of iOS issues at previous events as an excuse to ban the organization's Apple TV app.

The largest hacker congress in Europe, 31 years old and playing host to more than 10,000 delegates, has apparently fallen foul of section 3.2 (e) of the developer agreement, reports The Register. The clause specifically states developers must not use Apple software, services, or other items to create code "that would disable, hack, or otherwise interfere" with any security mechanisms in iOS or any other Apple software, or "enable others to do so."

A total of eight talks at the event are said to be breaking the clause. These include talks called "Jailbreak: an introduction," "Bluetooth Hacking," and "Hacking Medical Devices," as well as more generalized talks such as "Social engineering and industrial espionage."

Despite the lack of an Apple TV app, interested parties are still able to view streams of the talks through other methods, such as using YouTube in a browser.
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Nov 2, 2015, 01:15 PM
It would be terrible if Apple allowed any kind of app that has anything to do with 'hacking'.
That kind of garbage has no place in the App Store.
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Nov 2, 2015, 01:49 PM
So security research cannot be streamed, if it's about Apple products. We control what you can see.
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Nov 2, 2015, 03:26 PM
Not exactly. While they do control (thankfully) what is available from the App Store, as stated, you can stream the content from youtube.
It's not like Apple just came up with the rule. It's been there for a while. It does not seem to me an unreasonable rule either.
I'd wager Apple cares about security, and appreciates (if maybe begrudgingly the efforts of security researchers, crediting where credit is due, but they don't have to offer content against their policies.

I'm surprised they even bothered to submit the app. It was either a dare, or a waste of time, to build the app.
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