Engineer Shows How To Pirate Windows 8 Metro Apps, Bypass In-app Purchases


This article is a follow-up to my previous 2011 article on Reverse Engineering and Modifying Windows 8 apps. In this article we’ll see how to use innate Windows 8 security attack vectors in such a way that could compromise Windows 8 games revenue stream. We’ll review real-world examples for all Win8 programming languages and frameworks.

In the previous article we’ve seen security loopholes affecting all Windows 8 apps. However in this article we’ll focus on how to use these techniques to compromise games security. The reason we’ll be focusing on games is that they account for 51%+ of developer revenue on every mobile developer platform. Let me repeat that, games account for the majority of developer revenue. For example we can see from official Microsoft statistics that 64% of app purchases on Windows Phone 7 are for games.