Hacker community takes over Apple iPhone?

“Well, that was quick. The hacker community has taken over the iPhone. Heck, in some cases, hackers are already releasing updated versions of their underground software,” Mike Musgrove reports for The Washington Post.

“Apple’s new flashy and pricey smartphone, released to much fanfare at the end of June, has a nice array of features straight out of the box. But do a little unauthorized tinkering on the thing, and it can do a few more tricks, ranging from the frivolous to the useful,” Musgrove reports.

Musgrove reports, “Last month, for example, Silicon Valley-based software consultant Stephen White posted software that lets people play classic Nintendo games, such as the Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., on the device… Hackers based in Europe claim to have already figured out how to make the device work there… If the history of consumer electronics is any guide, this will probably turn into a cat-and-mouse game between Apple and the hackers.”

Full article here.

24 Comments

  1. Ahhhh? I have no idea what this MDN post is talking about.

    I bought a car. Did I “Take over” the car??

    I added some stuff to my car. Did I “take over” all the cars like mine??

    “Unauthorized tinkering”?? Hey, you can go to a web site and record golf scores, and other things. I still have no clue from this posting. I guess I will have to actually read the original article. 🙁

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  2. Quick meaning it took them a MONTH of constant, around-the-clock effort to finally break into a layer deep enough to install software…

    Personally I think Apple likes the attention. Free research into what people want out of the phone.

  3. Please note that the term “hacker” is being used here with its original meaning and not to identify someone that is gaining unauthorized access to a device (also known as a “cracker”). So, anti reality distortion field, your post (as usual) is wrong. The hackers that have gained access to the iPhone have found ways to add additional software beyond what Apple had intended. They still need physical access to the device to do it.

  4. Here it is in black and white Apple fans. The iPhone is clearly an insecure and unstable device. It’s a bad neighborhood where the hackers and virus writers have moved in. How do you like the iPhone now?

    Get a Zune. Stable, secure, virus-free and brown. You can make calls and check e-mail on a Motorola Q. They just aren’t brown, but that can change.

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  5. Yeah, but the Zune platform won’t ever be compromised like that because there aren’t enough of them out there to be worth the hassle… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. To anti reality distortion field:

    Umm, this has nothing to do with viruses and trojans. This is simply accessing features which are built into OS X, not taking over the iPhone’s OS and automatically causing mischief. Very different objectives and results.

  7. For the Windows fanboys who seem to have the reading comprehension level of first graders, let’s put this very clearly:

    This is about people installing applications on their own iPhone. Not breaking into someone else’s iPhone.

    Further, it’s not even news. It’s just rehashing of previous announcements of “oh yeah, I got this app running on the iPhone”

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