A great reason not to jailbreak your iPhone


More and more jailbreak software, such as Pangu, has come from China.
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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.


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