Hack an Apple, Get Smacked: Apple Bans Apple ID for Security Reasons

This is all over the web, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it here. There’s a dude named Sherif Hashim, and he recently found an explot in OS 3.1.3 which would let you do all sorts of fun jailbreaky-type things to your phone, none of which I technically understand. What I do understand is that Apple knew about it, wasn’t happy, and told him to pound sand when he went to login to his App Store account. Of course, he tweeted about it.

“Your Apple ID was banned for security reasons”, that’s what i get when i try to go to the app store, they must be really angry :)))))

and guess what my apple ID was, “sherif_hashim@yahoo.com”, what a fool was me not to notice :))), can’t help laughing, they are babies :)))

First, a comment. Sherif is obviously a smart guy, because finding a needle in a haystack like he did is pretty impressive. On the flip side, does he really need 5 smiley faces in his posts?

Turns out this wasn’t an isolated incident, because one of the guys who designed Sn0breeze was banned too, and he, of course, tweeted.

@sherif_hashim lol, they did that to my ih8sn0wyday[@t]googmail.com too. (right after I posted XEMN)…

I don’t know why this is so particularly shocking. In fact, I’m surprised that Apple didn’t do this sooner. Sure, they haven’t cracked down on jailbreakers recently because theoretically it gets them more sales, but at some point they have to say enough is enough and stop letting the instigators play in their sandbox.

That said, I’m down with jailbreakers. I don’t own a jailbroken iPhone, but I have friends that do, and they love it. Plus, it gives you a reason to leave AT&T, which is good unto itself. The way I see it, this is just a speed bump on the development trail.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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  1. LOL. They weren’t banned. They just had to reset their passwords. Same thing happened to me and I’ve never jailbroken my phone.