I follow @Geohot on Twitter. Real name George Hotz. For those of you that don’t know he’s the guy who originally hacked the iPhone. His first hacks were “hardware assisted”, and earned him a free sports car from an admirer, and worldwide acclaim in the iPhone hacking community.
In a nut shell for that first exploit he shorted out a chip in the iPhone to crash the system and that enabled him to boot an exploit. Later versions did not require this method as he developed various software exploits once he had gained initial access to the system. It’s a little bit like breaking into a bank. Learning about it’s security systems while in there. Copying the keys and then leaving. The next time you go back you don’t need to break in as you have the keys!
Recently he was the first guy to hack the PS3. Not much has come of that. But every now and then he updates his blog with something interesting or tweets something cryptic.
If you’re interested in his whole early history the interesting stuff starts about half way down this page of his blog : [iphonejtag.blogspot.com]
Ultimately all of this jail-breaking fun became blackra1n. The software tool that most iPhone and iPod “jailbreakers” use to “free” their devices from Apple and the App Store so they can download software from the likes of Cydia. Cydia is one of the non-Apple regulated copies of the App Store. George is not the only iPhone hacker. But he was the first successful one and he consistently discovers new things that others don’t. I think he’s a little bit obsessed!
Ultimately all this has developed into a bit of a cat and mouse game with Apple. The holy grail of jailbreaking right now is to be able to jailbreak and then reboot a jail-broken device without being tethered to a computer. Up until now that has not been possible at all with newer Apple devices sold with the latest firmware.
The jailbreak is all software based, and is as simple to use as blackra1n. It is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models (ipt2, 3gs, ipt3), and will probably work on iPad too.
Don’t ask about a release date. You won’t make it happen any sooner.
Here’s the video where he demonstrates the process on an iPod.
And for those of you that don’t understand the implications of the video. Here is a wiki link that explains what actually happened! [wikee.iphwn.org]
So Cydia for the iPad anyone?