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A Patent Case: Apple Unauthorizes Jailbreaking

Written on August 23, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Beware, jailbreakers. Apple has figured out it has to trace your actions, those of your clique and those of fellow hackers so it can stop all of you on the track. Here is how.

Apple has denounced unauthorized use of its iDevices, such as the popular iPhone and iPad, in its filing for a patent covering various modes of tracking and crippling jailbreakers and hackers. The company wants to gain full control over said devices, despite the U.S. government turning jailbreaking legal (jailbreaking is a running code that allows users and carriers that Apple does not support to access unapproved (by Apple) extensions and themes for “educational purposes”).

Meantime, the tech giant is revoking its warranty on all jailbroken iPhones.

The patent was filed in February, and then it got published last Thursday. It primarily sought measures that will help identify stolen devices and protect phone-stored sensitive information such as credit card numbers and passwords. Jailbroken, hacked, unlocked, sim-disabled iDevices can also be identified by monitoring increased memory traffic that could “indicate that a hacking program is being run and that an unauthorized user may be using the electronic device.” As the patent furthers this action from Apple, the company will be enabled to wipe personal data from the iDevices and alet At&T to “shutdown any telephone service to the electronic device, shutdown the electronic device itself, or otherwise suitably extract the functions of the electronic device.”

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