I consider myself to be one of the biggest Apple fanboys around but this one just makes me go really?
Wired.com has posted an article which details Apple’s latest defense against the illegality of Jailbreaking.
Apple is claiming Jailbroken phones present a danger to the entire cellular network as they might be used to somehow crash the software which controls cellular towers.
The Copyright Office is considering a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to legalize the widespread practice of jailbreaking, in which iPhone owners hack their devices to accept software that hasn’t been approved for distribution through the iPhone App Store. Apple made the claim in comments filed last week (.pdf) with the agency.
The company’s filing explained that jailbreaking could allow hackers to altering the iPhone’s BBP — the “baseband processor” software, which enables a connection to cell phone towers.
By tinkering with this code, “a local or international hacker could potentially initiate commands (such as a denial of service attack) that could crash the tower software, rendering the tower entirely inoperable to process calls or transmit data,” Apple wrote the government. “Taking control of the BBP software would be much the equivalent of getting inside the firewall of a corporate computer — to potentially catastrophic result.
Apple’s decisions lately have actually started to make me question just how much of a true fanboy I can really be.
You can read the entire article here.