Cracked? Signs looking promising for an iOS 8 jailbreak

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Given that it’s only been around since Monday, it’s still early days for iOS 8. But that doesn’t mean the jailbreak community is resting — and if early indicators are to be believed, we might see a jailbreak for Apple’s latest mobile operating system sooner than expected.

While there are still no concrete examples of someone jailbreaking their device on iOS 8, well-known hacker i0n1c claimed in a recent tweet that the first beta of iOS 8 “doesn’t fix anything” and should therefore be breakable.

It should be pointed out, of course, that there is still no publicly available jailbreak for the current iOS 7.1.1 firmware, although several jalbreakers (including i0n1c) have given evidence online that it is possible.

While i0n1c sees to hold a stance of not releasing public jailbreaks, his apparent success does mean that another jailbreaker such as evad3rs may be able to follow suit.

Whatever happens, we’re unlikely to see any jailbreak tool for iOS 8 made available prior to the public launch, since this would allow Apple to patch vulnerabilities ahead of time.

  • Mike

    I was kind of hoping that they patched the holes in 7.1.1 so that a Jailbreak could be released,but if they are still there don’t waste them ‘Wait for 8″

  • Rijoenpial

    Yeah, secure, my arse… If you can jailbreak it this fast, how fast do you think hackers can get inside of it and create major security issues/backdoors? Apple is terrible at security… Hence why the DOD chose Samsung and their Knox security software…

    • PMB01

      Well the government isn’t exactly known for making good decisions in this area. 98% of the Fortune 500 companies deploy iOS. It took “hackers” 7 years and iOS versions to come up with a major threat, while 99% of mobile malware targets Android. Apple’s App Store approach makes iOS the clear leader here.

      • Rijoenpial

        Apple users should get their sources checked: last study showed that downloads from the Play Store, NOT adjacent, unchecked Stores, were completely safe and secure… So, again, Tim Cook manipulated data to show only what they WANTED to show, completely disregarding the truth:

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/24/report-97-of-mobile-malware-is-on-android-this-is-the-easy-way-you-stay-safe/

        So, “Android does account for 97% of all mobile malware, but it comes from small, unregulated third party app stores predominantly in the Middle East and Asia. By contrast the percentage of apps carrying malware on Google’s official Play Store was found to be just 0.1% and F-Secure acknowledges rigorous checks mean “malware encountered there tends to have a short shelf life.”

        It shows that only if you download from obscure, eastern app stores, you risk it, but then again, you DO have FREE antimalware apps on the Play Store as well as the need to check that unknown sources download from the Settings page to enable that, on your own accord and at your own peril, as the warning is stated pretty clearly there… So, Tim Cook is either ignorant or intentionally left out the context, as they so often do on the keynotes, when they are not flatout lying and falsifying data (remember the Comscore data in 2011, when they changed the numbers to make iOS be on top of Android when it was the other way around?!)… Why do you think Apple stats no longer present sources captions?! Because they make up their own data to make themselves look better than they are… ALSO, you can use apps and games whether you are on Android 2, 3 or 4…Fragmentation is not a problem at all… Also, people don’t care about that, as sales figures pretty much show and 80% Android market share CLEARLY show… Only Apple is concerned about fragmentation, not the vast majority of Android users… Hell, there are 100 bucks Samsung phones with 4.2 being sold, as there are from many other brands, so Apple is completely oblivious of the real world, hence why apart from the US and Japan, their sales numbers are ridiculous… So, in a word, people need to start filtering the utter BS that Apple spews outta their marketing driven mouths, though I kinda doubt Apple followers have that ability anymore… Oh, and security flaws being shown every other week on Apple devices is actually worse, but THAT Tim Cook avoids mentioning… Or the market share of iOS or MAcOS compared to Andoid and Windows… HAHAHAHA Cheers

      • Rijoenpial

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/24/report-97-of-mobile-malware-is-on-android-this-is-the-easy-way-you-stay-safe/

        “Android does account for 97% of all mobile malware, but it comes from small, unregulated third party app stores predominantly in the Middle East and Asia. By contrast the percentage of apps carrying malware on Google’s official Play Store was found to be just 0.1% and F-Secure acknowledges rigorous checks mean “malware encountered there tends to have a short shelf life.”

        These are the facts, not manipulated data to suit Apple’s interests… This from a company that was found falsifying data on WWDC 2011, when they switched the Comscore stats for Android and iOS, making it look like iOS was winning when in fact, Android was already on top… That is why Apple no longer provides sources for their stats, making me believe they are all made up… Once a liar, always a liar… And I rather have malware that is eliminated by the various FREE antivirus and antimalware apps on the Play Store than the multitude of security flaws that are found every other week on Apple software AND hardware! So, THAT is the reality of it, for anyone intelligent enough to see it… Cheers

    • EducatedToPerform

      Don’t talk rubbish Rijoenpial. This is when the best hackers in the world physically have access to the device. Hand over your PC or any other phone to them and then tell me they wont be able to get past your security….

      It has nothing to do with the devices security online, an area in which iOS is far superior to Android.

      • Rijoenpial

        No, it is not superior at all, which you would know if you got your head off your own damn arse… and Apple’s… HAHAHA

      • EducatedToPerform

        He says, without a single shred of evidence, right from Google’s arse.

        Just look at the Malware statistics on iOS vs Android and educate yourself.

  • Rijoenpial

    Oh, and by the way, Cult of Mac, this one is for you: censoring opinions that do not show a pretty picture of Apple proves that you got your name right… hence why people do not give you credit at all… well, apart from the obvious Apple crowd, who do not know any better…

    • Rijoenpial

      Oh, look… THIS ONE they left in… HAHAHA

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