Apple going after iPhone hackers, blocks their iTunes accounts

Apple going after iPhone hackers, blocks their iTunes accounts
Certain developers with enough knowledge on software hacking have been playing with the iPhone’s platform since time immemorial, making it usable with various carriers and open to installation of unofficial apps. The process known as jailbreaking has become a common term for iPhone users around the world, as it provides them with freedom that is otherwise unavailable with Apple’s official ROMs.

Until now, Apple was trying to retaliate these developer efforts by releasing updates (that automatically lock your iPhone) every now and then. This method obviously doesn’t work though, as it takes little time for hackers to, once again, jailbreak the software. So, Apple has now decided to try a different approach – it has blocked the iTunes accounts of at least two iPhone hackers: Sherif Hasim, responsible for the development of a hack for iPhone OS 3.1.3, and iH8Sn0w, who has developed the XEMN tool for unlocking iPhone OS 3.1.3’s radio baseband for the 3G and 3GS. Both guys have shared on Twitter that their accounts have been banned for “security reasons”. It’s perfectly normal for Apple to fight back hackers, but is this the most suitable and effective way to do it? Will it make them stop messing around with the operating system? Hardly. Maybe they should just try to hire some of them to develop a more reliable security for the OS or something, but banning their iTunes accounts… come on guys, that’s just not cool!

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1. mcmkone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

because it's such a low blow by Apple hackers will now turn more attention to hacking the iPhone to bits.. well done Apple give yourself a pat on the back lol

2. coolchris1400

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 11, 2008

Maybe if Apple made some decent improvements, (like the ones you get with jailbreaking) people wouldn’t want to jailbreak. Because the phone would be good enough without it. Apple is so plain and proprietary, if they would make these iphones do what people wanted instead of what they wanted NO one would jailbreak. I have an iPhone 3G 16 GB, recently switched to Verizon to save money on data plan. I went down to a Dare, I can customize more things on that Dare then my iPhone, that terrible. I also jailbroke my phone, wow it’s like opening a new door to the universe of possibilities. Also I have a mac book unibody, apple you need to open your eyes, and see what people want, not a limited phone with no options. Or an operating system with No options as well. And the Ipad don't even get me started. *Note* once i buy a $300 dollar phone, its my property, and i can do with it as i please!!!!!

4. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

NO, YOU LEASE IT FROM APPLE!!! It's Job's, not yours! Just like you lease a burger from mcdonald's...

9. coolchris1400

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 11, 2008

Well played sir, Well played.

3. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

If you use the iphone on other carriers you can't use all of the iphone features so what is the point.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

If everyone is so worried about it, why not bring a class action lawsuit against Apple? :)

6. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

people just want things for free. the games and apps cost money... and people have to have them but dont want to pay for them. thats what apple is mad at. not the fact that people are able to mess with the software but they are able to get games for FREE. Its all about the bottom line guys.. I agree with cool chris... it is your phone you pay 100 plus dollars for the device.. it is yours, do as you see fit... however, it looks like something will happen to block some jailbreaking... i know a friend of mine wouldnt even think of having an i phone if he couldnt jail break it... second thought.. they might be able to block it temporarily, but someone else will figure it out as the article stated.. and honestly i dont think its very fair that those people are locked out of their i tunes accnts.

10. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

You make valid points. It really comes down to the bottom line for Apple and their app developers. This is one of the things that makes Apple disliked by some, while others will praise it as just another normal Apple thing to do in order to control their products. Some argue their control over their products is what makes them so good.

7. thetwiztidfreak

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 03, 2009

seems really stupid thing to do, stop them from accessing the site they actually BUY music from apple still makes money on even if they have the ability to download apps for free and even get apps they apple dosent approve of. hell i have an android phone and i can get all the paid apps free if i wanted and alot have a free version and a donation verison, in thouse cases i always donate support the independent developers. and i tottaly agree that they will always find a way around that is what hackers do. Also another reason people jailbreak such as a few friends of mine is to simply be able to use it on the network of THEIR choice (AT&T sux) .

8. rathdrum77

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

So now after they finish hacking the latest iPhone OS update, they will start hacking iTunes, right?

11. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

That would be awesome! AND it would piss Jobs off to the extreme!

12. kilari

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2009 Apples EVIL, even Cracked finally said so. Fuhrer Jobs controls all, the iNazis are spreading, and the Apple Reich is upon us. You have to question why people embrace control insted of freedom. Look at the stranglehold Apple has on it's users and they love Apple for it. They don't realize the evil in the company because they're too busy dreaming of Hope and Change in the computer industry. Just like the American people don't see the evil in the Democrats socialist adjenda. You're voting for Apples Dictator ways with your dollar, just like you voted for the Socialist Dictator ways in this last election. Some of us Americans are so stupid right now, you're giving power positions to the wrong people. Wake up, see the evil, vote the other way, stop reinforcing it. Simple. If you must know, I voted Constitution Party, and own WebOS(the homebrew friendly OS). HAIL JOBS!

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