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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. Greenpants's Avatar
      Greenpants -
      What's with all these assumptions about iTunes and what it may/may not be doing? The article was about known hackers being banned. (ie the people who publish cracked software etc) Not end users.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Then again, why crack down on these guys shortly before ipad is released, and before the 4G? Maybe there's something there..
    1. istinkles's Avatar
      istinkles -
      [quote=M4tt Dam0n;5125895]Yea but it's not nearly as easy to hack an xbox. and it lets you of course play pirated games, but also CHEAT on xbox live. Thats what I think is the main reason for microsofts actions.quote]



      because of pirates. I also pirated apps, but i try to buy them when i can. I'm only getting 8hours a week of minimum wage, so thats why i say when i can. In fact apple might be looking out for the more small fry developers that are just trying make some money from their hard work.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by DrMod View Post
      How are they able to tell??? I dont use iTunes, only when a firmware update is needed... and 3.1.3 from what Ive heard provides nothing worth upgrading for..

      I suspect If they can tell, it would only be when you hook up your device to iTunes which could then interogate your device...?

      I buy apps from the appstore, so if they took this hard stance, I would definately reconsider my options when my contract runs out... they're shooting themselves in the foot really...
      Quote Originally Posted by DrMod View Post
      You could understand that, as M$ could be "losing out" (lol, well hardly losing out, as im sure it barely makes a scratch in their profits..!!) on lost revenue with the use of pirated games.. but how exactly are apple losing out???
      It's called the iTunes App Store and, even if you didn't know that, you do know that it requires an iTunes account to use it. Now do you see how it hurts them? No account = no purchases from the App Store. Durr...

      No one was ever taking about the PC/Mac program, which can be used without an account. We were always talking about the iTunes account as it applies to the App Store and iTunes Store accessed on the iPhone.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I'm sorry but once you buy your phone/iPod, you should be able to do whatever you want with it. Once you buy it it belongs to you and you alone. We're not renting it from Apple -- we don't have to give it back. It's mine. It's ours.

      If Apple can exert supreme power over its devices even after the purchase, then there has been a breakdown of government regulations.

      I really don't think Apple has the right to ban anyone from buying their products. I think they did it just to send a message to us all. It's that old military strategy (that Hitler perfected) of killing off the officers in the army to send a message to everyone else.

      It may not be legal, but Apple's got so much money they can afford to pay the legal fees -- it's worth it considering how much free press they're getting out of it.

      I've never been one to condone piracy, but Apple is coming real close to making me want to.

      I mean, before it was just a good fight, but now it's getting personal -- some kind of line is being crossed here. I don't think it's totally crossed yet, but Apple is certainly testing the waters to see what it can get away with... and that usually brings more trouble.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by istinkles View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      Yea but it's not nearly as easy to hack an xbox. and it lets you of course play pirated games, but also CHEAT on xbox live. Thats what I think is the main reason for microsofts actions.


      because of pirates. I also pirated apps, but i try to buy them when i can. I'm only getting 8hours a week of minimum wage, so thats why i say when i can. In fact apple might be looking out for the more small fry developers that are just trying make some money from their hard work.
      Man, this post is messed up, but I only see the cheating reference in your post so I assume it's your comment. Anyway, modded XBOX consoles could cheat only on the original XBOX console and Live service. That's when they started banning for that reason. The vast majority of the time the XBOX 360 has existed, the mods have been for piracy/backup ONLY (no unofficial/hacked software was possible). This means that MS has been banning for reasons unrelated to cheating all along. The homebrew/unofficial code methods we now have on the 360 have nothing to do with the drive firmware mods which they detect and ban. they require old consoles with old firmware to set up, which can't connect to Live anyway.

      I know this and yet I've never even used it. THINK
    1. xYurjevich's Avatar
      xYurjevich -
      Quote Originally Posted by PapaDocta View Post
      is apple snooping on our data on the iphone?!
      You know that reminds me: Last night I was on a website that rhymes with MapWeen and I was using 3G instead of WiFi and it wouldn't let me download my "map". But then I switched to WiFi and I could download it.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      This discussion is all well-and-good... but we are not asking the right questions here.

      1. What projects were these two guys working on?
      2. What websites did they host?
      3. Where they "PIRATES", "HACKERS", or both?
      4. Where they publicly speaking out about jailbreaking?

      I find it hard to believe that they were just "HACKERS". If that was the case then Jay Freeman would have gone down in a blaze of glory a long time ago, along with "the dev team" and GeoHot.

      hacker = modder
      pirate = thief

      Big difference.

      tim
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      (I probably wont) but if i do get banned from iTunes i will take a screen shot and make it my iphone backround picture. ^__^
    1. OctopusPrime's Avatar
      OctopusPrime -
      Thanks to Apple, I have ordered my first Android phone. Goodbye 3G and 3GS, hello Nexus One. I will probably keep them as spares, or just use them as ipods.

      It just doesn't make sense to me that a company can impose restrictions on hardware that I paid the full price for.
    1. holdemdogg's Avatar
      holdemdogg -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      (I probably wont) but if i do get banned from iTunes i will take a screen shot and make it my iphone backround picture. ^__^
      yea lol i believe i would to lol

      I was with windows mobile devices tilt, fuze and tilt2 for years did alot of mods and graphics. Went to the iphone and never looked back but if I cant make the iphone look and act the way I want it then I might consider giving windows mobile 7 a try anyways. But I dont think I would ever let the iphone go completely.
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post


      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.



      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.



      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.

      Image via deathby1000papercuts.com
      great article and nice write-up....some good responses w/ the usual I'm leaving iPhone(which they wont) and some w/constructive ideas....but I need to know 1 thing..ONE thing...where did you get that graphic?......the skeleton typing/blogging/deadlining/porning/ away?....I have to have that....when my G/F calls and asks me what I'm doing I just want to send her this animation....if you can send me the link...I thx u!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I have decided that when my contract ends later this year from tmobile then I will give att a chance and probably get the newest iphone model. I will then see after 2 years how my experience is with att. Unlocking/Jailbreaking i don't know anymore.
    1. andyharp's Avatar
      andyharp -
      This is just a scare tactic apple is using to try to discourage jailbreaking.
      If it happens just create a new account and use a different payment card. I am sure you could just use the paypal virtual card feature and just recreate a new card each time you get banned.
      Don't let this new account ban scare any newcomers to jailbreaking.
    1. Thatskanyon's Avatar
      Thatskanyon -
      Why ban hackers? That's how Apple got their ideas for iPhone. Lol. Not sure if they will do this to all jailbroken devices or what but if they ban my account for a "security issue" or whatever, I'm switching to Android lol. I'm starting to get pretty pissed with Apple and their crap. 4.0 better be good. Also, if 4.0 doesn't at least have multi tasking, I'm switching to android. I really don't want to, but I dunno.
    1. jedinight's Avatar
      jedinight -
      meh there not banned!! i have had this happen to me twice!even after talking to apple.they dont bann people!!simply go to https://iforgot.apple.com/cgi-bin/We...iForgot.woa/wa .then follow instuctions,and ur itune id will be golden once again!!and yes i know ur like ,but i didnt forget my password!! this will work!!
    1. spookster's Avatar
      spookster -
      Apple ID: "This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons" alert appears


      Perhaps this is all a consequence of someone playing silly buggers with their accounts or a consequence of the hacking they do - with the system picking up on it in an automated fashion rather than being targeted.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      win 7 is kinda impressive.
    1. DirtyDan's Avatar
      DirtyDan -
      I seriously doubt it will happen, but if they do find a way to crackdown completely on Jailbreaking, I'll be switching to an android based phone.
    1. DrMod's Avatar
      DrMod -
      It's called the iTunes App Store and, even if you didn't know that, you do know that it requires an iTunes account to use it. Now do you see how it hurts them? No account = no purchases from the App Store. Durr...
      Err... so they will be hurting themselves then, by blocking people from itunes, they will be stopping people from spending money.. yeah, that makes alot of sense... durr back!!


      Quote:
      Originally Posted by DrMod View Post
      You could understand that, as M$ could be "losing out" (lol, well hardly losing out, as im sure it barely makes a scratch in their profits..!!) on lost revenue with the use of pirated games.. but how exactly are apple losing out???


      The possible loss of revenue through potential piracy by jailbreaking?
      I would disagree, I know many people with JB'd iphones, all done for customisation, and not for installing pirated software.. appstore apps are cheap enough... I would imagine this is why the vast amount of people JB their device, for open source apps etc.. not to install a priated appsrtore app that costs a couple of quid...