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Teen creates app that jailbreaks iPhone 3GS

Program allows installation of third-party software on the new iPhone even if it’s not approved by Apple

Teen creates app that jailbreaks iPhone 3GS
App allows third-party software to work on the new iPhone even if it’s not approved by Apple (Getty Images)

A teen hacker claims to have created a new application that allows third-party software to be installed on the iPhone 3GS, even if it has not been approved by Apple.

Nineteen-year old George Hotz is already famous for collaborating in the Apple iPhone unlocking scandal back in 2007, which saw the popular smartphone being used with other wireless carriers instead of just AT&T in the States as Apple intended. The then seventeen-year old also became the first hacker to crack the iPhone’s security so it could run unauthorized apps – a process known as ‘jailbreaking’.

Boasting of his latest creation in a blog post, Hotz writes, “We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes.” The jailbreak software proves that it’s not impossible to overcome Apple’s security controls for its iPhone range, and is another major embarrassment to the company’s security controls.

Hotz initially released purplera1n software for Windows-based computers but has since included a Mac version, warning that anyone trying the software should do a backup beforehand.

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