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  • "Traitorware:" EFF Warns About Apple Patent


    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is saying that Apple wants to take spyware to the next level and create what the digital-rights advocacy group calls “traitorware:” technology that will inform Cupertino if a user is doing something the company doesn't like. The patent - which Michael covered last week, describes technologies that would ostensibly help recover stolen iPhones, but could also be used for spying and as a remote "kill switch" for jailbroken and unlocked phones.

    The patent, "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device" describes how an iOS device could determine a user’s identity and whether or not the user is the registered owner. The capabilities of the device - recording the voice of a user, getting the real-time location of the device, taking a photo of the user and the surroundings, and biometric information like heart rate and something called the "vibration profile" all without the user’s knowledge.

    EFF writer Julie Samuels writes in her blog post entitled "Steve Jobs is Watching You" that Apple does not say in the application how it would use the information, how long it will keep it, or who it would share it with. Samuels raises warnings that if Apple collects the information, the likelihood is great that it will eventually be exposed either by law enforcement or by security breaches, either outcome being a grave risk to privacy. Furthermore, Samuels highlights (as Michael did in his article) the capability this would give Apple to remotely kill any jailbroken or unlocked device.

    “This patent application does nothing short of providing a roadmap for how Apple can — and presumably will — spy on its customers and control the way its customers use Apple products,” Samuels writes. Decrying it as “downright creepy and invasive,” Samuels calls on Apple to leave this technology on the shelf.

    Source: Computerworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Traitorware:" EFF Warns About Apple Patent started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Apple is determined to make themselves as hated as Microsoft. (EDIT -- Or, I should say, as hated as Microsoft once was.)

      Either way, it's inevitable that "hipsters" will start to hate Apple, as Apple increasingly becomes the dominate cultural force. Because that is what "hipsters" do -- hate the dominant cultural force in favor of a newer cultural force.

      Getting a "big brother" reputation is just the type of thing that could lead the "hipster" backlash against Apple.
    1. iTouch-Warrior's Avatar
      iTouch-Warrior -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheon View Post
      went back to windows
      Blasphemy!! (IMHO)
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheon View Post
      these are the reasons im slowly moving away from apple im tire of there bs used to be all apple now i got rid of my macbook pro went back to windows

      go rid of my iPod too and traded my iPhone 4 for a samsung galaxy s and some cash

      sorry apple but ur polices are starting to get fckin snnoying just leave the jailbreakers alone hell people buy the device just to jailbreak and that = more money for u so if u stop it devs will just go to another phone -_-

      im happy with windows 7 and android they sure have impoved over the years and i dont think ill ever go back to apple products anymore
      jeeze...pull down your dress nancy. nothing to get your panties all in a bunch about and do something rash like sell off everything Mac of yours...
    1. seven77's Avatar
      seven77 -
      as soon as this stars im switching to Sprint and Evo HTC crap ! lol so long apple ! lol
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      There is probably more to this story than we are reading from this one article. Apple can't set your phone to take pictures remotely without your consent as well as anyone else who had their picture taken by your phone. It is invasion of privacy on a larger scale. Plus no matter how much money Apple has, the government has more power and can put an injunction in place barring any tactics that would eventually be found to be illegal. Furthermore, like some of you said, the jailbreakers will have a field day with this and I foresee lots of locations being sent to Apple as "your mom's house" and a vast plethora of *** and hairy nutsack pictures. Apple is asking for it haha. Let's see what unfolds and what Apple produces then we can fearmonger at that point in time.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Anything else?
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      There is probably more to this story than we are reading from this one article. Apple can't set your phone to take pictures remotely without your consent as well as anyone else who had their picture taken by your phone. It is invasion of privacy on a larger scale. Plus no matter how much money Apple has, the government has more power and can put an injunction in place barring any tactics that would eventually be found to be illegal. Furthermore, like some of you said, the jailbreakers will have a field day with this and I foresee lots of locations being sent to Apple as "your mom's house" and a vast plethora of *** and hairy nutsack pictures. Apple is asking for it haha. Let's see what unfolds and what Apple produces then we can fearmonger at that point in time.
      All it takes is a EULA when you plug in your phone to activate/upgrade and boom they can do what ever you agreed even though you never read it.
    1. -_-'s Avatar
      -_- -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      jeeze...pull down your dress nancy. nothing to get your panties all in a bunch about and do something rash like sell off everything Mac of yours...
      its not like he's doing it just because of this. maybe he enjoys android and windows more then overpriced macs and iphones (imo, please don't take offense :P)

      it's more like this is just another reason.
      "the last straw" so to speak
    1. treble26's Avatar
      treble26 -
      i know that the devs will find a way so disable the kill switch but this whole thing is a load of BULL!!! im glad i am no longer thinking about getting an iphone. i was going to wait for the iphone 5 or get the HTC Desire or the Droid X. my 3g will be my last and only iphone. switching to Android i love my sisters and my friends android phones. im tired of apple and their whole stupid attempt to try and control the entire world. the only apple product i will continue to purchase will be an ipod and macs
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      And people thought Obama would be assassinated...
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      Put on your foil hats, boys!
    1. renegad3's Avatar
      renegad3 -
      yes, go google/android.

      heaven knows they dont collect any of your info.....

    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      man apple is goin too far with this,the sad thing is no matter how many people jailbreak their phone in the world apple still sell a lot of phones and apps.i wish someone would make a better phone/device like an ipad phone mix i would get it and never look back at apple ever again.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      ALL YOUR IPHONES ARE BELONG TO US!

      Really? Why? Wouldn't it be illegal to create malaware? Hmm...
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      there is probably more to this story than we are reading from this one article. Apple can't set your phone to take pictures remotely without your consent as well as anyone else who had their picture taken by your phone. It is invasion of privacy on a larger scale. Plus no matter how much money apple has, the government has more power and can put an injunction in place barring any tactics that would eventually be found to be illegal. Furthermore, like some of you said, the jailbreakers will have a field day with this and i foresee lots of locations being sent to apple as "your mom's house" and a vast plethora of *** and hairy nutsack pictures. Apple is asking for it haha. Let's see what unfolds and what apple produces then we can fearmonger at that point in time.

      LOL!!!
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Apple has to be the single most ridiculous technology company on the face of the planet. There is literally no way to justify what they're doing with this patent and any self-proclaimed "fanboys" should seriously reconsider their brand loyalty because the only thing Apple has going for it now is the hip factor associated with their products. There is no more quality, there is no more sincerity, there is only greed.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      Apple has to be the single most ridiculous technology company on the face of the planet. There is literally no way to justify what they're doing with this patent and any self-proclaimed "fanboys" should seriously reconsider their brand loyalty because the only thing Apple has going for it now is the hip factor associated with their products. There is no more quality, there is no more sincerity, there is only greed.
      +1
    1. sheon's Avatar
      sheon -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      jeeze...pull down your dress nancy. nothing to get your panties all in a bunch about and do something rash like sell off everything Mac of yours...
      LOl that made me laugh thx

      but to late for that -_-

      Quote Originally Posted by -_- View Post
      its not like he's doing it just because of this. maybe he enjoys android and windows more then overpriced macs and iphones (imo, please don't take offense :P)

      it's more like this is just another reason.
      "the last straw" so to speak
      yup thats true

      apple products get better and better but the damn company gets worse and worse everday -_-

      i do miss osx and its hard to get back used to windows and android but damn apple all this bs u pull is just lame

      if they let us do what we want with the **** we pay for them damn ill gladly come back to the apple world
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      Isnt there already a killswitch cydia disables? Are we talking about the same one or a diff one?

      NVM: the one we know of stops apple from deleting apps that they have taken off the shelves.
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by jrrtps View Post
      For this reason I gave up for Iphone, and I use only Ipod, and Im in love with my HTC Desire, it is more than i was espected from Android phone no missing any more Iphone.

      jrrtps
      For this reason, huh?

      For a reason that was unknown til now, never left the concept phase, and is still only left to speculation.

      Sweet, anything else you can inform us of?