Android App Pirate Sites Closed Down, Applanet and Appbucket Included!

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  • 23 Aug 2012
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  • Crime doesn’t pay people and neither does offering pirated Android apps. Three big sites that offered such apps were closed down by the FBI and Department of Justice. I’m talking about, and This is the first of a kind operation conducted by the authorities of USA and foreign governments.

    Prior to that FBI agents downloaded copies of paid Android apps as part of the operation, to gather proof before seizing all three domains and executing 9 search warrants on August 21st. It remains to be seen if the FBI will pursue criminal action against the site operators and if anyone will actually be held. Also, can’t tell if these guys covered their tracks or actually risking to get apprehended. Applanet boasted 15,000 Android applications and had 88,000 people on Facebook and 21,000 on Twitter.

    SnappzMarket and AppBucket were a bit smaller, with 16.4k likers and 492 respectively on Facebook. SnappzMarket had over 50k applications. This is a sign of the times we live in, times when mobile apps have become so popular (and so pricey) that people are looking for workarounds and others are profiting from that. So, we’re witnessing the beginning of the mobile warez era. Who’s going to be shut down next?

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    SOURCE: PCWorld
    VIA: Android Police
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    • DeianStancu

      everything must be controlled, even the air we breathe will be one day.
      This are small people, who weren’t a big fish, just a thorne in someone’s eye. The big fish steal millions of dollars and they are left in peace.
      I buy all my apps, because of free updates and levels, etc, but many apps are expensive and have a dirty in-app scheme to suck more money from you. PC games will follow this soon, the circle is closing in fast.
      More sites will follow soon, than they will start knocking on people’s doors and drag them out like criminals. Big Brother is watching.

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    • Xris

      That is lame, it should be the developers that go after the people pirating, not the FBI, they should use their resources for good, not this. I loved applanet, I am sad to see it go! I hope another one pops up soon. SnappzMarket was lamers…so I never used that one…

    • Name

      And people are dying on streets.

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