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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Really secure?
by wocowboy on Sat 9th Feb 2013 11:40 UTC
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7 million really isn't all that many, about as many as like to tinker with Linux within the broader PC universe, etc. Not a bad thing. I jailbroke and unlocked my original iPhone 1, it was interesting changing the look of things, putting unauthorized software onto the device, with the results sometimes useful and sometimes not. Sometimes that software crashed my phone, once it almost bricked it, causing me to go back to the stock software.

In the end, I thought about the whole thing and decided to stick with approved, stock software on any phone I own, primarily because on a device on which I am going to pretty much keep my life, my personal information, and my credit card information, that I have some assurances from the company who made the thing and its intended software, that the device will be secure and not subject to hackers and that all that personal information will be safe. As a jailbroken device, no one, not apple, not Cydia, none of the software providers, nobody, can assure me of that security or take responsibility should anything damage me or my device. That is VERY important to me. Maybe it is not to other people and that's fine if they don't want to take the risk, just don't come whining to your local Apple store or to Apple itself when your identity has been stolen because of some jailbroken app.

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