Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Feb 2013 01:01 UTC
Apple "Over the last half a week, Apple has been hit with the largest mass-hacking incident in its history. And the perpetrators were the company's own users. Nearly seven million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners have cracked Apple's restrictions on their devices using the jailbreaking tool Evasi0n since the tool was released Monday morning, according to the latest count from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the app store for jailbroken devices known as Cydia. That makes the iOS-hacking app the fastest-adopted jailbreak software of all time, Freeman says." Because, of course, only nerds and geeks jailbreak. There's also a technical analysis of the jailbreak.
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I ssee both sides of this
by darknexus on Sat 9th Feb 2013 02:04 UTC
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It's interesting that just today I was dealing with a jailbroken iOS device that had a lot of Malware on it. It's not the fault of jailbreaking itself, but a fault of the repositories this idiot added to Cydia. Nevertheless, I got a small taste today of why Apple wouldn't want to deal with it and, given how many random emails this phone was sending out, it would really have been a problem for those who didn't have a high data cap. The problem at the moment is that jailbreaking has become simple enough for anyone to do it, and so you do get a lot of people who are jailbreaking and really have no idea how to maintain their systems. I've seen this with Android as well. In both cases, it's usually a result of a user being too cheap to pay for a $0.99 app and pirating it instead, with some malware riding along.
I'm for an alternative approach. Allow side-loading in iOS, but only after turning on a "big red switch." This switch would, once turned on, send your serial number to Apple and void your warranty (unless, of course, you've paid for extra Applecare coverage). You could install any apps you want, but hopefully we could scare the people who shouldn't be side-loading away before they start causing problems. This has already been done with some HTC Android phones with their official boot loader unlocking tool. I think tha similar approach would be perfect here.

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