Thanks to a federal copyright law ruling on Monday by the Library of Congress, jailbreaking your iPhone doesn’t have to be kept to the underground forums like it's alcohol during a digital prohibition. The process is now completely legal under US law. Grab a glass of e-freedom![ATTACH]16137[/ATTACH]The resulting decision was part of a tri-yearly board review by the Library which discusses exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The legalization of jailbreaking comprised two of the six provisions agreed upon today by the Library. See “[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299581.html"][I]DMCA Changes: Copyright Rules Made More Flexible[/URL]”[/I]. The filing was brought forth by the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21548[/ATTACH]Earlier this week a hacker group called Dev-Team launched a revamped website service that enables owners of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (amongst a myriad other iOS-powered devices) to jailbreak them in next to no time, for free, online. The [URL="http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/890709355/the-return-of-jailbreakme-com"]JailBreakMe site exploits a vulnerability[/URL] with the way that the Safari browser client handles PDF files to enable the jailbreaking to be performed in such a painless way. However, as [URL="http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/07/06/jailbreakme-security-iphone-ipad/"]security researchers have been warning[/URL], the same vulnerability could be exploited by others for nefarious purposes rather than simply the ability to get apps which have not been approved …

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iPhones, including the short-supplied iPhone 4, can now be jailbroken according to a new ruling by the [URL="http://www.copyright.gov/"]Library of Congress Copyright Office[/URL]. In other words never mind what Apple says you may and may not install on your phone, you help yourself. On the surface this makes absolute sense. If I've paid for an iPhone - if indeed you could get them round these parts - it would be my property. It is absurd for Apple or any other manufacturer to tell me what I may and may not do with something which I own. They can, however, make it …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16606[/ATTACH]Apple released their latest firmware update for both the iPhone and iPad today, versions 4.0.2 and 3.2.2 respectively. Unfortunately for those who haven't jailbroken their device yet, this will prevent you from using the PDF based JailbreakMe tool in the future. In a similiar fashion, it will remove the jailbreak status of your iPhone 4 and iPad if you update the firmware, a standard procedure for past iOS updates. Apple should receive a little credit for playing the responsible parent, because the same method used to jailbreak an iPhone can also be used by a malicious hacker to compromise the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16385[/ATTACH]Once an iPhone firmware is jailbroken, it is only a matter of time before the hackers that be are able to unlock the phone as well. Late last night, a group of iPhone hackers, the Dev-Team, released an update for their app, ultrasn0w. This allows people to remove the carrier restrictions and use the iPhone on any other supported carrier. It is only compatible with iPhone 4 baseband 01.59 and 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04. If you have no idea what a baseband is, do some [URL="http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=2543"]research[/URL], or reconsider the unlock all together. Again, this process is only …

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The same hacker behind the iPad jailbreaking software “Spirit”, and the iPad port of Flash, has released an easy to use jailbreak solution for the iPhone4. Comex and his cohorts have created a website that allows users to complete the job with a single swipe of the finger. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16317[/ATTACH]Users of any iPhone model running firmwares 3.1.2 - 4.0.1 and iPads up to ver. 3.2.1 , can go to [url]www.jailbreakme.com[/url], and legally open their phones up to the third-party app stores that lie in wait. When the jailbreak was initially released, there were problems with FaceTime, MMS, and iPad iOS 3.2.1, …

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[B]Flash Support on the iPad Becomes Reality[/B] Comex, the programmer behind the user-friendly jailbreak tool, Spirit, has unleashed the source for his latest project, [URL="http://github.com/comex/frash"]Frash[/URL]. This little gem enables Flash support (sans video) on the iPad. Frash is still in the alpha stage, so if you run into problems, you are left to the mercy of the forums, but all reports indicate that it is simple process and can easily be reversed. With that said, those willing to make the simple leap to a jailbroken iPad will no doubt appreciate the additional capabilities of their tablet. In any pre-release build, …

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[attach=right]14252[/attach]So after [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story265727.html"]all the hype[/URL] you've got an iPad, I guess you'll be wanting to break it then? Jailbreak it, that is, so as to set it free from Apple imposed restrictions and allow you to install non-approved software. Jailbreaking is popular amongst iPhone users, and has been since soon after the original iPhone device appeared on the scene, so it was only ever going to be a matter of time before the same thing happened to the newly launched iPad. After all, it uses a tweaked version of the iPhone OS. However, the Apple world has been taken somewhat …

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Over the weekend news broke that a worm had started infecting Jailbroken iPhones in Australia. Nobody really took the exploit too seriously as all the 'ikee worm' did was change the phone wallpaper to a picture of 80's pop singer Rick Astley in a kind of warped tribute to the RickRolling Internet meme of last year. However, [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/11/08/warning-iphone-worm-starts-rickrolling/"]I warned[/URL] at the time that "as code variants continue to appear it is only a matter of time, and probably not that much of it, before a malicious party uses it to deliver a payload that is a whole lot more troublesome …

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