Apple Says Legalizing Jailbreaking Would Let People Steal Cell Service, Help Drug Dealers
Apple has responded to questions submitted to them from the Copyright Office concerning a proposed DCMA exemption for jailbreaking iPhones proposed by the EFF. Apple claims that not only is the iPhone’s DRM a crucial part of their business model, but it also that jailbreaking could actually help facilitate drug dealers and crash cell towers.
The response was to a question about what harm could come from jailbreaking the devices, asking if it could damage it’s functionality. Apple responded with a long list of possible scenarios that could arise. The one they focused on was hacking the baseband. They claim that if jailbreaking were legal, there would be nothing to stop them from tinkering around with it and modifying it or altering the device’s Exclusive Chip Identification (ECID) number. This would allow hackers to make free phone calls, exceed carrier limits on data use, and even allow drug dealers to make anonymous phone calls.
“More pernicious forms of activity may also be enabled,” wrote Apple. “For example, 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.”