Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal - 'Potentially Catastropic', Says Apple

Compulsive iPhone jailbreakers now don't have to worry about having to face criminal charges for mangling the Apple iOS and running unauthorized apps on the Cupertino company's smartphone.

Last week, Federal regulators announced that it is lawful for iPhone users to jailbreak their iDevice -- citing that there's "no basis for copyright law to assist Apple in protecting its restrictive business model." and that "the activity of an iPhone owner who modifies his or her iPhone’s firmware/operating system in order to make it interoperable with an application that Apple has not approved, but that the iPhone owner wishes to run on the iPhone, fits comfortably within the four corners of fair use."

In the face of the regulators' decision, Apple released a response stating that mobile phone networks could suffer potentially catastrophic cyber-attacks by iPhone-weilding hackers who could use their device to "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 also added that "literally millions of reported instances of problems flowing from jailbroken phones," and legitimizing the jailbreaking would result in more security problems, and even physical damage to iPhone.

NOTE: Jailbreaking an iPhone voids its Apple warranty.

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