Apple says jailbreaking could crash cell towers

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Apple is again trying to stop the jailbreaking of the iPhone despite launching their own App Store to compete with the abilities that jailbroken phones offer. While they at first said it was simply illegal, they are now attempting to show that it could bring down the cellular network. In their response to a possible DMCA exemption for jailbreaking iPhones, Apple has given numerous reasons as to how allowing jailbroken iPhones could destroy a network.

“More pernicious forms of activity may also be enabled,” wrote Apple. “For example, a local or international hacker could potentially initiate commands (such as a denial of service attack) that could crash the tower software, rendering the tower entirely inoperable to process calls or transmit data.” Apple also stated that hackers could use a jailbroken device to make free phone calls, use unlimited bandwidth, or allow people such as drug dealers to make anonymous phone calls. We will hear back from the DMCA later this year as to whether they will give an exemption to jailbreaking iPhones.

Via [ArsTechnica]

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  • Icculus, the Prophet


    Would anyone say that ipod touches are still OK to jailbreak?