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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. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      If this is about cracking iTune apps that's one thing, and those that do crack the apps probably deserve to get banned. But if this is about simple jail-breaking, then Apple is going to screw themselves right out of the cell phone business!

      It seems like every day that goes by, they create more and more reasons for iPhone customers to switch to other phones ------> DROID!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayson9 View Post
      If this is about cracking iTune apps that's one thing, and those that do crack the apps probably deserve to get banned. But if this is about simple jail-breaking, then Apple is going to screw themselves right out of the cell phone business!
      This is neither.
      He found an exploit in the BB which will hopefully make an unlock possible. Not a jailbreak or crack in site (although you do, of course, need to be Jailbroken to use a software unlock).
    1. jcarroll's Avatar
      jcarroll -
      As confucious said, there is no excuse for piracy. Anyone trying to justify stealing apps is just rationalizing their actions.

      If Sherif was truly banned for his hacking activities, this would be one more move by Apple proving yet again they are OCF (obsessive control freaks).

      Most software/hardware developers accept that a certain percentage of the user community will hack their gear. What Apple fails to see is the benefits in innovation that come from hacking. All they see is a revenue threat and are unable to distinguish hackers from pirates.

      Come'on Apple! Pull your thong out of your *** and lighten up.
    1. ShadowKnight27's Avatar
      ShadowKnight27 -
      My friend and I already got banned, he got banned a day after jailbreaking
    1. delizaza23's Avatar
      delizaza23 -
      I buy all my apps accept Tom-tom and because overpriced. if apple blocks my account than I will not be able to buy, I will download and install the free copy ones. nothing will happen to apple but those small developers will be the ones who are fuked
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ^yeah, right.
      Lol
    1. Kaid's Avatar
      Kaid -
      Hi Guys

      I just want to add that I am tired of this Apple jailbreaking game. The iPhone is a great device but really Apple is being way too control freakish about it.

      My smartphone is a business / life critical tool and therefore I want the best from it.

      Its a shame that Apple cannot be adult about letting iPhone owners decide whether they want to stick with the "highest quality" tested and compatible Itunes apps and OS or be more risky and use "jailbreak" apps.

      For me Android as a user interface has moved on tremendously and I am now just waiting for Pocket Informant to be released for Android before I purchase a HTC Desire and move.

      My music will easily move with me as I have stopped buying music and now just rent it from Spotify which is great. Other apps that I use daily are also available on Android now so the move should cause minimal pain and disruption.

      I don't say this move is forever as I have migrated from Palm, to Windows Mobile, to Apple but I hope someone from Apple is watching and listening when I state that the early adopters are moving on and with them will go market share and lead.

      Just my two cents worth.

      Thanks for reading.
    1. ShadowKnight27's Avatar
      ShadowKnight27 -
      I used to do that tooo, I even bought a 7 dollar map for codwaw zombies and I'm still very mad I could never download it, I use cracked apps now unless the apps are free or on special
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      If this happened to me I would be pissed and I am sure they would have a lawsuit on their hands. I paid for the Apps and they ban my account so I cannot update then without buying them again on another account which they will eventually ban again.

      What kind of right do they have to ban someone that has nothing to do with the App Store. Plus there is no law denying the legality of jailbreaking so what is the point.
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Wow, that's stupid. It didn't happen to me yet. This reminds me of when the RIAA were trying to arrest people and making them pay huge fines for illegally downloading music. The difference is that jailbreaking is legal. Apple doesn't have a case with this. They can't catch everyone.
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      Ouch!

      I though the US Federal Government declared Jailbreaking and Unlocking Legal!

      Wow I can see lawsuits.

      And the DOJ just got another bullet in their gun.

      Just curious from or friends from Europe is Jailbreaking illegal or legal over there?
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by area51crypto View Post
      Ouch!


      Just curious from or friends from Europe is Jailbreaking illegal or legal over there?
      Its a very grey area in the UK, what they don't see they don't care about
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      this is an old thread. lol
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It is a very old thread. Apple do not ban people for JailBreaking.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      It is a very old thread. Apple do not ban people for JailBreaking.
      ... mainly because of the huge PR risk.

      It's a racing certainty that many, very high profile owners are JB'n.
      Apple would look like despotic tyrants if they started banning civilian users from iTunes - even more so since JB'ing was declared US-legal.
      They say there's no such thing as bad publicity - but that's not true for monopolistic, global brands. And this kind of massively negative publicity would result in the gifting of a not-insubstantial market-share to Android and RIM.