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Apple patents kill switch for stolen or jailbroken iPhones

Posted on Tuesday, August 24 2010 @ 01:55:34 CEST by


The Register discovered a new patent filing from Apple that describes a series of measures to protect iPhone owners from thieves and other "unauthorized" users:
The application, which was filed in February and published Thursday, specifically describes the identification of “hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking, or removal of a SIM card” so that measures can be taken to counter the user. Possible responses include surreptitiously activating the iPhone's camera, geotagging the image and uploading it to a server and transmitting sensitive data to a server and then wiping it from the device.

Rest assured that this jailbreaking identification, the application would have us believe, is simply a means of protecting owners from unauthorized users.




 



 

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