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  • [ APPLE ] Jailbreaking is for Drug Dealers, Mightily Slays Networks


    A few months back, Apple made a plea to the Copyright Office to make jailbreaking illegal. The EFF called their reasoning "absurd" and "FUD." It's still sitting before them to make a decision.

    Apparently, Apple feels they are in a losing battle and are now throwing out some pretty far-fetched reasons to the Copyright Office in order to back up their case. For one, they say jailbreaking could let users alter the Exclusive Chip Identification number, letting the jailbreaker make anonymous calls. They say "this would be desirable to drug dealers."

    In further claims, they say jailbreaking could lead to cell towers or networks being taken down Hacks to the baseband processor (BBP) would mean “a local or international hacker could potentially initiate commands (such as a denial of service attack) that could crash the tower software, rendering the tower entirely inoperable to process calls or transmit data... taking control of the BBP software would be much the equivalent of getting inside the firewall of a corporate computer — to potentially catastrophic result."

    Or maybe... Apple enjoys the success of the AppStore, and doesn't want anyone else encroaching on that market. The Cydia Store, Rock Your Phone, and various other non-AppStore sales methods are appearing, and gaining in popularity. If the AppStore is no longer the ONLY way to vend your app, theme (try getting one of THOSE from the AppStore), or tweak, Apple stands to lose some of that valued income. And therein lies the real issue.

    I recently bought Coda for my Mac. Panic makes great software. When I bought this... I just used Safari. I went to their website, I downloaded the app, and I paid them through their own payment system. I didn't have to go to an Apple store. I didn't have to open iTunes to buy my Mac software. In fact, Apple wasn't involved in any way at all other than creating a beautiful piece of hardware and a slick operating system which my copy of Coda runs on. Can you imagine the outrage if you could NEVER buy (or get freely) any software for your Mac except through iTunes? Control...

    And guess what? Professional hackers could, using only a Mac connected to the internet, gain access to all sorts of high-level secure sites, and wreak who knows what havoc. Does that mean all software for every Mac should go through Apple?

    What all this "jailbreaking is illegal" nonsense comes down to is Apple attempting to maintain their absolute control on all software for the iPhone - which is flat out insulting. This doesn't fly with any other device... why should it with iPhone?

    Wired

    (thanks to all who sent this in)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [ APPLE ] Jailbreaking is for Drug Dealers, Mightily Slays Networks started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. swpelchat's Avatar
      swpelchat -
      i guess i shouldnt release my app iDrugseller on cydia then?
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Glad your about a bit more now PF

      I hate to think of the world in a decade or 2 if Apple manages to achieve world wide domination AND push all these stupid laws etc. through.

      Will be a sad sad time
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      hmm i have a jailbroken phone, i think im gonna go take down a cell tower now
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      coll we can do that with the iphone lol let me buy another 300000000 iphones xd (of course to jailbreak them lol)
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      Apple can kiss my hot ***! They are the biggest control freaks of a company I've ever seen or dealt with in my entire life!

      I bought a iPod touch (2G) from them last week at the Apple store. When I got it home and unboxed it there was a very small section of chrome on the upper left part of the device that was chipped (obviously it happened when it was being made). They tried to tell me when I took it back to exchange it that it was a "cosmetic issue and had nothing to do with how the device operated." I asked the girl "are you serious?" She said yeah we don't cover that!

      WTF?

      The damn thing is brand new and you won't swap it out for me? I asked her would you go buy a car that had lettering on it that was placed crooked and not demand either a replacement? She goes well I can see your point but that's Apple policy...if it's a cosmetic issue it's not covered!

      Again...WTF???

      They refused to exchange it for me so I called Visa and had a charge reverse done on my account and kept the damn device.

      Apple has brought most of their problems all on their own. They are extremely stingy, customer unfriendly and have the most BS rules I've ever heard of a company having in my life. Thanks to all the hackers out there now a days, they no longer have control over us.

      **** YOU APPLE! I'll do what I want with my device, I paid for it, you didn't, it's mine now! Sorry for the rant there but this company just really gets under my skin with how they treat folks.
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      lol this is funny. everyone knows drug dealers use pay phones.
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      Only if apple would let's us add apps from cydia to the "app store" and we all be a big happy family, and apple would be making more money.
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      I'm sorry, I just can't help but laugh aloud when I get to the drug dealer part!
    1. spider_pig448's Avatar
      spider_pig448 -
      The cat's going to tell on the mouse? Thats not how you play!
    1. marys25's Avatar
      marys25 -
      lmao!!! wow drug dealers...an destroying cell towers..wow thats really over the top...

      there is a tmoblie cell tower were i work...let me go destroy it...after that i'm going after the verizon one just a few blocks away
    1. spider_pig448's Avatar
      spider_pig448 -
      Though making jailbreaking illegal will only stop the light users, not the rest of us. And theres really no way to enforce that.
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      If they made it illigal I would turn on my camera and set me phone on fire and send it to apple. Then go buy a blackberry.
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      I would laugh if Apple pissed off 4*YouKnowWho* and got DDoS'd instead.

      I'm just a little evil I guess for having that thought.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Amazing. Same as most if it wasn't for the jailbreak/unlock I wouldn't own an iPhone. What will they come up with next? This is an outcry from a Apple that is grasping at straws. Trying to gain support for their cause. Not gonna happen Apple, just not gonna happen.
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Yup poetic_folly is a kingpin and were all drug dealers
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      I use the credit card terminal App to sell drugs when they don't have cash.
    1. jailwut wunnow's Avatar
      jailwut wunnow -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      ...For one, they say jailbreaking could let users alter the Exclusive Chip Identification number, letting the jailbreaker make anonymous calls. They say "this would be desirable to drug dealers."
      Aren't there a bunch spoof apps/fake caller ID apps that let you call anonymously?! Aren't they even in the App Store where your NON-jailbroken iphone has access to them?
    1. SmoothiPhone's Avatar
      SmoothiPhone -
      Jailbreaking FTW hah
    1. badfishq's Avatar
      badfishq -
      If they are so worried about drug dealers. I think they should be more worried about the credit card apps you can use. Can you imagen a dealer can use his iphone to take credit cards. that is amazing to me. But yet they are so worried about jailbreaking and spoofing calles. F*** them.
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Apple has got to understand that the iPhone is more than just a mobile phone... It seems pretty obvious but their actions paint a different picture. What is so great about the iPhone (in my opinion) is that is a device that lets (thaks in a big part to jailbreak) use apps for different purposes. Let them understand one and for all that exploiting the capabilities of devices is what made the computer what it is today (Steve Jobs should know that).
      They make a lot of dough selling the devices, selling apps through the App Store and from their unholy deals with AT&T and other carriers so there should be room for us freedom lovers...