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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

Microsoft has quietly killed a vulnerability that can be exploited to unlock ARM-powered Windows RT tablets and boot non-Redmond-approved operating systems. The Register has learned that one of the security holes addressed this week in the July edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday closes a backdoor left in Windows RT by its …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2016

Exploit devs allegedly bag $1m for 'secret' iOS 9.1 untethered jailbreak

An unnamed team of hackers has apparently received a million-dollar payout for disclosing a trio of iOS 9.x and Google Chrome security bugs to private zero-day buyer Zerodium. However, only people willing to pay Zerodium a subscription will get to see how the remote browser-based untethered jailbreak works: the company won't …
Darren Pauli, 3 Nov 2015

The battle of Cupertino: Jailbreakers do it for freedom, not cash

Ruxcon A team of seven Chinese hackers are forgoing big bucks and instead pursuing their effort to open Apple to the security research field and thereby allow users to modify their devices. The group of brilliant independent security boffins known as Pangu Team are among the top researchers in the iDevice jailbreaking scene, where …
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2015

Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

Apple's Lightning connector protocols have been pried open in what could be a boon for the jailbreaking community. The hack opens access to Apple's serial kernel debugger, previously available on older iDevices, and reportedly gives jailbreak engineers an improved ability to debug kernel issues and iBoot exploits. Apple …
Darren Pauli, 16 Feb 2015
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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

Apple has released an update for iOS that addresses some rather annoying performance bugs, but leaves major security holes open. The company said the iOS 8.1.2 over-the-air update will address performance issues with the Apple mobile platform, including a flaw which had caused ringtones to disappear from handhelds. "This …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2014
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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

Security experts have now probed further into the vuln in non-jailbroken iOS 7 and iOS 8 devices which was exploited by the previously revealed WireLurker USB-hopping malware. Dubbed a “Masque Attack”, the tactic allows hackers to install iOS apps on iPhone or iPad via email or text message. The attack takes advantage of a …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2014

Feuding fanbois in a flap over piracy haven in new iOS 7 jailbreak tool

The “evad3rs”, the crackers behind previous “jailbreaks” for Apple operating systems, have released software they say makes it possible to use an iOS 7-powered device with app stores other than Apple's. Available here and billed as “Compatible with all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4 …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013
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Fanbois rejoice: iPhone 5, iPad Mini finally jailbroken

After a long wait – almost six months – a jailbreak method for iOS 6 is finally available, allowing the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch to join the jailbreak party for the first time. The jailbreak tool is the work of a hacking team calling itself Evad3rs, which announced the release on Monday via …
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Wii U 'has been JAILBROKEN' via legacy games, say homebrewers

A squad of techies claim they've cracked Nintendo's anti-piracy defences in the Wii U days after the games console hit US shelves. The hack, the gaming equivalent of jail-breaking, allows home-made games, pirate copies of titles and other unauthorised software to run on the Wii U, according to wiiuhacks.com. The attack appears …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2012
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iPhone 5 'jailbroken' ... before most fanbois even have it

Hardware enthusiasts claim they have already figured out a way to jailbreak the iPhone 5. Grant Paul, AKA chpwn, a veteran of the scene, posted a photo and screenshot of a jailbroken iPhone on Twitter which show it running Cydia, an unsanctioned app allowing access to the indie software shop of the same name – where you can …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2012
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Hackers jailbreak new iPad hours after it hits the shelves

Video Hardware enthusiasts managed to find multiple different ways to jailbreak the new iPad over the weekend, hours after the release of Apple's latest fondleslab. Hackers were quickly able to develop custom code that allowed them to escape Apple's walled garden and install unapproved apps on the new iPad with iOS 5.1. Three …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2012

iPad 2, iPhone 4S finally jail-broken

The Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have finally fallen to jail-breakers. The move allows the more adventurous to install any app of their choosing, not just those approved by Apple to appear on the App Store. For the technically minded the development opens up the possibility of examining the device's filesystem or installing …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2012
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iPhones get multi-sim capabilities

Apple smartphone owners with a jailbroken handset can benefit from a new case that brings dual-Sim capabilities to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The Vooma Peel PG920 unlocks and enables two Sim cards. It also includes a back-up battery that'll charge your phone. Jailbroken iPhone users can download the Vooma app, which will …
Caleb Cox, 9 Nov 2011
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Microsoft gives Phone 7 Mango jailbreak its blessing

Microsoft has shifted its stance on the jailbreaking of its Phone 7 operating system, and seems to be embracing – rather than trying to crush – such developments. Redmond has had an ongoing feud with the developers at ChevronWP7 ever since the group put out a jailbreak for Phone 7 a year ago, allowing users to run applications …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2011

Another reason to jail-break your iPhone 4: You can get Siri

Apple withheld Siri from iPhone 4 as a straightforward ploy to get people to fork out another £499 for its new iPhone. But there's no reason Siri can't run on the 4 – and you can get it on there by jail-breaking your phone. Siri ran perfectly well as an app on 3GS too before Apple yanked it from the iTunes store when it bought …
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011
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Hackers crack PlayStation 3 hardware, again

Sony's hacking headaches continued today with claims that a new PlayStation jailbreak USB dongle is about to flood the market. According to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry blog, the threat of piracy is set to plague Sony again, as there is now a dongle available in Indonesia that allows users to bypass the console's security …
Caleb Cox, 21 Oct 2011
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Hackers jailbreak iOS 5 in under 24 hours

Like clockwork, hackers said they've removed the digital locks in the latest version of Apple's iOS so it will run applications not officially sanctioned by the company. iOS 5 was unveiled on Monday, and a beta version was made available to a limited number of developers. Within hours, members of the iPhone Dev Team posted …
Dan Goodin, 7 Jun 2011
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How to... change sleep-screen pics on your Kindle

I recently bought myself a Kindle, which is providing sterling service as an e-book reader for my daily trips in and out of Vulture Central. It's more compact and lighter than a tablet, even a 7in one, like Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Yet its 6in screen means I don't have to squint at a smartphone display. Since it only cost £111, I …
Tony Smith, 26 May 2011

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