A great reason not to jailbreak your iPhone

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More and more jailbreak software, such as Pangu, has come from China.
Screenshot: John Brownlee/Cult of Mac

If you enjoy customizing your iPhone, jailbreaking can be a positive thing — although that doesn’t mean it comes without risks.

According to a new report, around 225,000 Apple accounts have been stolen by malware on jailbroken iPhones, in what is claimed to be “one of the largest known thefts of its kind.” In some cases, this data was then used to make unauthorized purchases.

Yikes!

Named KeyRaider, the malware was installed from an unauthorized jailbreak app store. Most of the affected users live in China, which is where the malware was first discovered by a Yangzhou University student earlier this summer.

Don’t worry, though: So long as you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone (and, if you have, installed this particularly dodgy piece of malware), you’ll be fine.

“It only affects jailbroken phones using alternative app stores and demonstrates why we’ve been advising against jailbreaking devices or allowing jailbroken devices in a corporate environment for a long time,” said Chris Camejo, senior vice president of NTT Com Security in a statement.

Source: Re/code

  • Stetch

    This is the point I say: Told you all along!

    • imtough

      This is “the point” I say: Go make some more napkins babies, loser.

  • digitaldumdum

    “It only affects jailbroken phones using alternative app stores and demonstrates why we’ve been advising against jailbreaking devices or allowing jailbroken devices in a corporate environment for a long time,” said Chris Camejo”

    Camejo is overreacting with a “sky is falling” warning. The so-called “hack” (actually a vulnerability), ONLY affects jailbroken iDevices whose users have added pirate sources (repos) to their Cydia accounts, and therefore have access to suspect software. There are warnings at every stage of using Cydia about •not• using untrusted sources or unapproved tweaks and apps, and the Cydia-approved sources are scrupulously checked for software with malicious code. Users who add pirate sources and use unapproved tweaks have only themselves to blame. In fact, I suspect Cydia and the small army of jailbreak developers work harder and faster than Apple in sniffing out problems. By the way, security vulnerabilities are present in any modern device that communicates with the Internet, LAN or WAN. You are MUCH more likely to have your iPhone or iPad compromised at a Starbucks or open WiFi spot.

    With only a modicum of caution and responsible use, jailbreaking is safe, fun and greatly extends the usefulness of an iDevice

    • imtough

      TL;DR: Do less. Way less.

      • digitaldumdum

        @imtough… Why have even replied? You may be “tough”, but if you can’t read through three paragraphs, you’re either not too smart, have a very short attention span, or both.

      • imtough

        Or option 3, you posted a piece of dog sh*t that didn’t resemble anything that can be considered a rational thought. I award you no upvotes, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • digitaldumdum

        Ah, I get it now. I’ve been conversing with an adolescent, who not only knows nothing about the subject at hand, but likely knows… nothing. Okay… “dude.”

      • imtough

        Oh I’m fully capable of reading, just not a babbling diatribe left on a tech blog comment section by a nerd that’s probably never felt a vagina other than his mother’s for the sake of pretension and making himself feel intelligent.