Apple fights EFF attempt to open up device…
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been busy petitioning The Copyright Office to legalize the act of iPhone jailbreaking, which gives users complete control over what applications they can run and what other networks the device runs on (assuming there are any). But in a filing, Apple lawyers are arguing
that the act of jailbreaking constitutes a national security threat, and that by allowing users to alter the iPhone’s BBP (baseband processor software), all manner of nefarious activities can take root:
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.
EFF Fred von Lohmann calls Apple’s claims “preposterous,” noting there’s an estimated one million jailbroken iPhones already in the wild, none of which have triggered wireless Armageddon. He also notes that were Apple’s claims true, the open-source Android phone from Google on T-Mobile networks would be a complete menace to society.