Tokyo man arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones with pirated game installed


Reportedly, a 24-year old man named Daisuke Ikeda was arrested in Tokyo for selling five jailbroken iPhones between March and May this year. Mr. Ikeda reportedly made $1186 in profit from these five units alone. Previously, he may have sold as many as 200 iPhones over the course of a year, earning somewhere around $49,423.

It is not known which iPhone models the man sold. All current iPhones are jailbroken, although an exploit for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is yet to be made available. Similar to rooted Android devices, jailbroken smartphones allow for deeper access to iOS's facilities and installing the Cydia app store, which is brimming with third-party developed tweaks and apps not found in the official Apple app store.

However, jailbreaking also allows for the installation of pirated apps and games, which is something Ikeda took advantage of. He sold the jailbroken iPhones with a cracked version of the game Monster Strike, which is one of Japan's most popular mobile games.

Reportedly, this arrest is the first of its kind in the country.

via The Register

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17 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh, what a con artist. It's nice to see such crooks getting busted with their pants down, man! Lulz

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I sold my last iPhone (4s) jailbroken and pre-loaded with multiple paid apps and tweaks ( https://db.tt/SpPfVFO7 ). Cracked the apps to avoid any licensing issues, not sure what's con about that when I've paid for the software.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quote: "Cracked the apps to avoid any licensing issues, not sure what's con about than when I've paid for the software". Fine. But, did that Tokyo man get those Apps from Apple's App Store? This articles states the Apps were side-loaded, which makes me assume the Tokyo man got those Apps from an unofficial place, either for free or at a discount, thus below the original prices from the official App store. That's piracy, a con move. If such isn't con in Japan, then why did that Tokyo man get arrested?

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Just because it's not legal doesn't make him a con artist. I'm pretty sure the people he sold the phones to knew the deal

10. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's nice to see such crooks getting busted with their pants down, man! Out of curiosity, why do you get excited at the thought of men with their pants down? it's really weird to blatantly say something like this online, especially in a phone forum.

13. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

But you always talk about things like that yourself, ....

17. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Oh really? Quote me, or it didn't happen.

15. lfod14

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

So how exactly does selling a phone with cracked software make you a Con Artist? Do you know what a con artist is?

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Probably the biggest crime in Japan since WW2 (and what a crime it was with the U.S. not staying neutral in that conflict).

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 946; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Mr. Daisuke Ikeda can use the numerous witnesses here that know piracy isn't an issue with iOS.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

He got arrested right? Seems like developers can rest easy knowing pirating apps on iOS can lead to jail time. Android on the other hand....

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Piracy is piracy. It hasn't got anything with IOS or Android.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Zylam Quote: "Seems like deveopers can rest easy knowing pirated apps on iOS can lead to jail time". It isn't Apple who arrested him. He got arrested in Japan because of the pirated Monster Strike app, which is developped by a Japanese company called Mixi. Quote: "Android on the other hand..." You're deflecting, and clueless.

11. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Zylam is an android fan (a newbie like you wouldn't know) so I don't know about him deflecting.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but it was a stupid comment seeing as how it is a joke to jailbreak an iPhone. The problem with this guy was the amount of money he made and the repeat offense. If he made that kind of money selling any other phone with pirated software he would be jailed as well.

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 946; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It's an issue regardless the platform. It's still likely against the law to pirate/steal games

16. lfod14

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

No way he got arrested because of Pirated software, the devs would have had to file suit against him to do that and for that to happen they would have had to know about it. Like most people selling phones on the street they were probably stolen phones with altered IMEI's. THAT is severely illegal in any country.

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