Friday, May 28, 2010

Iphone Hack ban


I guess apple have found their Iphone OS now frequently hacked. Almost like Windows, apple had trouble facing the sophisticated hacks and weekly patches are not enough to protect their OS. So apple seems to come up with a defensive idea of locking the hackers account. Just days after a scrappy young iPhone hacked discovered an unlock exploit for OS 3.1.3 baseband 05.12.01, Sherif Hashim received an ominous message on his iPhone after attempting to log into iTunes: “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.” Proving that this is not an isolated incident, fellow hacker iH8sn0w responded to Hashim to let him know the very same thing happened to him after he released an exploit known as XEMN. Perhaps most puzzlingly, however, is the fact that Hasim’s exploit was never publicly released having only been given to the iPhone Dev-Team who plan to incorporate it into their next release. Obviously Apple could claim that its actions were in response to the violation of their intellectual property as well as a breach of the iPhone’s end-user license agreement, but one has to wonder just how far a notoriously heavy-handed company like Apple might go in the future if it is unable to gain the upper hand over hackers like Hashim.
iPhone developer and hacker, Sherif Hashim, claims to receive a warning showing he’d been denied access to the App Store for “security reasons”, see image above.
The move sparked concerns that Apple might ban all jailbroken iPhones was accessing the App Store. However, such a move would prevent Apple's application developers from selling to the millions of users of jailbroken devices and would be especially bad politicsfollowing the launch of the Wholesale Applications Community at the Mobile World Congress conference earlier this week.
This seems to be a strong message indicating that known iPhone hackers may get into trouble but at the same time there is no indication that Apple are refusing access to the App Store for anyone who merely makes use of available software to jailbreak or unlock their iPhone or iPod Touch handsets, the message is clear: publicly release an exploit for the iPhone OS and expect to lose your App Store privileges.