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Root on: Google Glass has successfully been hacked

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Root on: Google Glass has successfully been hacked
Cydia founder Jay Freeman wasted no time digging into his Glass, hacked into it and jailbroke it. What happens now is anyone’s guess as Freeman has not been able to much with it yet due to his eye-glass prescription making using Glass painful for more than a few minutes at a time. “It took me two hours while I was having dinner with friends at the time,” according to Freeman. Having this access means that there is potential to eliminate Google’s ability to remotely deactivate a set.

Freeman used an established Android 4.0.4 exploit to gain control of the operating system in headset…eyeset. He does not know if the same technique will ultimately work on the retail version of Glass whenever it becomes available.

Another hacker by the name of Liam McLoughlin was also successful in getting root access to his set of Glass yesterday. There has not been any formal reaction from Google about this, but when Freeman contacted an employee at Google, he was a little surprised that Glass had debug enabled, believing it had been removed.

One thing is certain, a whole range of possibilities emerge when things open up. Google is generally pretty collaborative with developers that hack into their stuff – when Google sanctions such activities that is.

source: Jay Freeman (Twitter) via Engadget, Forbes, and 9to5Google

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posted on 26 Apr 2013, 23:34 3

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Noooooooooooooo.......... xP

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 01:10 7

6. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


"hacking" an open platform. phonearena is this what you have to do to make your crappy news article sell?
how about google puts a boatloader lock on it. good luck "hacking" it then

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 19:38

12. V3TTOO (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


"Not to bring anybody down... but seriously... we intentionally left the device unlocked so you guys could hack it and do crazy fun sh** with it," Google engineer Stephen Lau wrote. "I mean, FFS, you paid $1500 for it... go to town on it. Show me something cool." Hack isn't a bad thing, just that someone found a way around what it normally does. A hack.

Why would Google want to not load their boats? How would they use them? (FYI, I have no clue if there are actual boat loaders out there.)

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 00:06 3

2. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


sad google and their glass :D

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 00:36 1

3. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Jay Freeman can make Cydia store for the Google glasses :)

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 00:46

4. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


I like google, and im an Android lover..

But Debug mode enabled remotely....Makes you think what are google seeing through Glass Eye remotely...hmmmm

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 01:03 1

5. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


morgan freeman....

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 02:22 2

7. longtian (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


I am not optimistic about the future of Google Glass

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 03:32 2

8. best_ (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


android can be easly hacked =)) R.I.P

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 03:33 2

9. pongkie (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


at least now it can be sold on ebay for 90k

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:15

10. sorcio46 (Posts: 402; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Jailbreak cannot be valid for Android -.- root has nothing to do with that!

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 09:24

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Now why should we care? Most of us cant hacked software.

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