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  • Apple Giving iPhone Hackers The Boot from iTunes?


    Twitter is telling the whole story tonight. The popular social networking site is the place where several iPhone hackers are revealing how they were unceremoniously given the boot by Apple from the iTunes App Store. It signals what some say is a sweeping ban of known iPhone hackers by Cupertino in the latest attempt to discourage hackers from doing what they do best.

    Does the name Sherif Hashim ring a bell? He's the iPhone dev who has successfully mounted more than one hack job on the iPhone OS. Today on his Twitter, Hashim told the tale of his iTunes dismissal by Apple.

    "Your Apple ID was banned for security reasons", that's what i get when i try to go to the app store, they must be really angry ))))
    Apple, as we know, is stepping up efforts to crack down on iPhone hackers. From hiring personnel reportedly devoted exclusively to ridding the world of iPhone hackers, to these latest repudiations of accomplished hackers, there's no telling what (or who) may be on Cupertino's "most wanted" list. In addition to Mr. Hashim, fellow hacker - code name iH8Sn0w - similarly posted on Twitter (in response to Hashim's tweet) that he also got busted by Apple.

    @sherif_hashim lol, they did that to my ih8sn0wyday[@t]googmail.com too. (right after I posted XEMN)...
    If Apple really has launched an all-out offensive against iPhone hackers, the ban will likely fall on more than just these two. And I'm sure Twitter will remain the place to follow Apple's newest casualties as they are booted one by one from iTunes.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Giving iPhone Hackers The Boot from iTunes? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 115 Comments
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Modding an Xbox is only useful for stealing games, or cheating online. Big difference. Though I guess jailbreaking could be kind of cheating in a way.
      Except that, as discussed, it doesn't allow you to cheat. Basically, that would require the ability to run unsigned code. Because the mods do not grant that ability, they only serve as a way to play backups (BTW, not all backups are pirated). On the other hand, if they DID allow you to cheat, that means that you WOULD be able to do much more (run homebrew and unofficial apps). Cheats go hand-in-hand with that.
    1. THePaRaSiTE5771's Avatar
      THePaRaSiTE5771 -
      For me, the 3.1.3 update and not being able to go back to 3.1.2 was the last straw for me. I sold my 3GS and bought a Nexus One and I am extremely happy with my Nexus One, faster than the iPhone and the Android Marketplace may not have millions of applications, but at least they have Terminal for free ;P

      I might buy an iPhone 3G, Restore it back to 3.0 while I can ;P, jailbreak it with redsn0w, downgrade the baseband to 4.26.08, then unlock it and I should be set for a while.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Yep! Its stuff like this that makes me not even want to touch my iPhone anymore. I am using my open Pre more and more.



      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      What I'm really worried about here soon is OTA updates like other platforms and carriers do. This jailbreak community would be absolutely screwed if they forced updates OTA and not allow you to ignore it. That would really suck!
      I love the OTA updates on my Pre. Sooo much better than connecting to my computer. But I see what your saying. Anyways its nice to have OTA updates and not have to worry about your open privileges being taken away *cough* I love my Palm Pre *cough*
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Oh man, I'm stoked that I will be up for an upgrade late this year when the new Win 7 devices start rolling off the shelves.

      What I'd give for an upgraded HTC HD2 that has fun stuff like a DC processor. Just the thought of it makes me a little tingly in my bathing suit areas!
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      this is why i need to move to android where i can be free
    1. RaginAsian55's Avatar
      RaginAsian55 -
      Isn't the main reason they hate the jailbreak community because of pirating apps? These developers don't hack apps they hack the software to allow it to be customizable. So wouldn't banning these hackers further piracy instead of preventing it? Apple is lucky they've just recreated new iTunes accounts instead of just pirating apps all over!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Jailbreaking has nothing to do with pirating - Apple could do a lot to stop pirating if that is what they were worried about see what planetbeing wrote last may at Oh no! Complicated stuff!
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Look like Apple planning to shut down their appstore....
    1. VBLUE42's Avatar
      VBLUE42 -
      Everybody relax!!! This is just aimed at people who crack the apps and distribute them to the rest of us or are heavily involved in the hacking of the file system of the device and distributing the info over the net, ie. everyone from the dev team, Geohot, ect. There not going to ban you for jail breaking your phone. Become a person that cracks the apps and distributes them over the internet, you will probably eventually get banned. I don't see any concern here.
    1. AMohamud's Avatar
      AMohamud -
      Lol. Ohhh Apple. Any of you think that message you get after restoring and re-jailbreaking about "sending diagnostic info to help Apple blah blah blah" is suspicious?
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AMohamud View Post
      Lol. Ohhh Apple. Any of you think that message you get after restoring and re-jailbreaking about "sending diagnostic info to help Apple blah blah blah" is suspicious?
      That is why I always click, "Do Not Send"
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      People who get banned are the ones who uses cracked apps.
      Sherif Hashim has been working collaboratively with the Dev-team for some time. He was banned after posting his exploit (crash) of baseband 05.12.01. He doesn't use cracked apps.

      Apple bans iPhone hackers from iTunes App Store | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com

      Apple bans iPhone hackers from iTunes App Store
      Posted by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes @ 10:50 am

      It seems that Apple has gone on a banning spree, cutting off access to the iTunes App Store to iPhone hackers.

      Sherif Hashim, the iPhone developer who successfully hacked the iPhone OS 3.1.3 and unlocked the 05.12.01 baseband for iPhone 3GS and 3G devices discovered he’d been cut off earlier today:

      “Your Apple ID was banned for security reasons”, that’s what i get when i try to go to the app store, they must be really angry )))

      Another hacker going by the name of iH8Sn0w, who is behind the Sn0wbreeze tool, confirms that his account has also been deactivated:

      @sherif_hashim lol, they did that to my ih8sn0wyday[@t]googmail.com too. (right after I posted XEMN)…

      Watch out iPhone hackers, Apple’s out to cut off your access to the App Store!
      I wonder if Apple can examine our iPhone file systems when we sync in iTunes and start banning iPhones that it detects are jailbroken. Just to be clear, I am not referring to cracked apps. I don't do warez. I jailbreak so I can unlock and use T-Mobile (USA) and for Cydia apps like SBSettings and Cycorder.
    1. flrdotcom's Avatar
      flrdotcom -
      i believe if you buy it, you should be able to hack, mod, do whatever you want to it. Using it for cracked apps is a different story, i would agree with Apple on banning those accounts, but not just for jailbreak.

      thats like saying if you buy a car you cant mod it, add rims, exhaust, paint etc....

      my 2 cents =D
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      i'd love for them to successfully ban all hacks, then watch the sales go down 900%.

      but they've already made billions so......
    1. High_Voltage's Avatar
      High_Voltage -
      I'm predicting sometime in the future they will use iTunes to figure out if ur jailbroken or no. Simply by doing syncs when u hook in ur itouches to computer, possibility there will be huge consequences
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      no^^
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by High_Voltage View Post
      I'm predicting sometime in the future they will use iTunes to figure out if ur jailbroken or no. Simply by doing syncs when u hook in ur itouches to computer, possibility there will be huge consequences
      They aren't that dumb. They're banning accounts who cracked apps or possibly upgrade their basebands on their iPhones.
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      i would use these
      1- disabling itunes checks .exe
      2- itunes replacement tools .exe
      3- iphone 2010 backup/restore/sync .exe
      4- iphone application installer .exe
      hehe anything can be replaced by a few clicks
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Opportunity knocking for these hackers...
      They should write a psudo-iTunes program, make it so that Apple products can sync with their psudo-iTunes. I know I would buy that program in a heartbeat!
    1. mrloku21's Avatar
      mrloku21 -
      Fckn APPLE