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iPad 2 jailbroken after three days

Hacker boasts of feat as iOS 4.3 update fails to prevent access

A hacker claims to have "jailbroken" the iPad 2 just three days after its US release, allowing users to run unauthorised software and programs other than those provided by the App Store/iTunes.

A hacker calling himself Comex began boasting of his feat on Twitter, before posting video evidence of his achievement.

The video shows a white iPad 2 running Cydia - an application used to find and download other apps for iOS devices. If the iPad 2 has been jailbroken it should theoretically be able to run any compatible software.

"Would've had it yesterday if I didn't have to spend 1.5 days looking for a replacement exploit (which came from a most unexpected place...)," said Comex on Twitter.

Three days is actually one of the longest waiting periods for an iOS device to be hacked, with Apple having removed some of the more obvious vulnerabilities with the release of the new iOS 4.3.

The iPad 2 is not released in Europe until March 25, the same days the 3DS. Nintendo's device has also reportedly fallen prey to hackers, with a variant of the R4 cartridge apparently already in use.

The company has warned that it will release firmware updates to immobilise (or "brick") any console found to be using pirated software.

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Latest comments (6)

Dean Hulton5 years ago
they should involve guys like this in the testing phases before launch so they can highlight potential weak spots before it goes live.

The immobilising firmware updates are a bit of a grey are in my opinion. it will be hard to implement in a way that will not effect some genuine users. Is there and alternative solution though?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
The R4 use on the 3DS is related to the DS software exploits as on the regular DS. I don't think they've breached the 3DS itself. At least that's how all the other reports I've read explained it.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 5 years ago
The thing is there will always be a code to break any security. It is a cat and mouse game. Although I don't condone piracy (and pride myself never spent a dollar on any pirate movie or software), I don't believe in when you buy a product you can only use it in certain way or be confined to services that give exclusive profit to one or two parties. Apple mode of operation with iPad and iPhone is the exact reason that I didn't buy anyone of them. Especially when they were the people calling out for consumer choice and rights in the past. Maybe now they are so big that they forgot where their roots are?
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Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd5 years ago
> Maybe now they are so big that they forgot where their roots are?
Too true, we all know that Jobs has hacker blood running through his veins,. which is why he makes such hot devices.

Dean, you're so right. Just think of Catch Me If You Can, it took the most successful fraudster to catch fraudsters and create the most secure banking systems.
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Private Industry 5 years ago
"and pride myself never spent a dollar on any pirate movie or software"

Was that a sarcastic joke because that`s the point to not have to pay anything for pirated stuff? :)
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Shane Sweeney Academic 5 years ago
No its just unambiguously evil piracy when someone is directly selling other peoples work versus the decentralized P2P systems driven by communities powered by a "Sharing is Caring" mantra, producing sites like Oink Me and tools like GoodTools. etc

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shane Sweeney on 17th March 2011 3:25am

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