the best security joke from Apple in years

Let's see we have

2. Apple is safe and you don't need anti-virus because there are no viruses for Apple. Apple doesn't even need a security awareness page and campaign.

3. you are not going to speak about securityproblems with apple software or we are going to sue you into bankruptcy (a favourite tactic to silence people and journalists)

But the number one is the latest one that Apple uses to defend its colonizing of the iphone and keeping jailbreaking (using it with other networks than the monopolies they have created) illegal in the uS. In the US you can protest against this and for example ask that the software that makes jailbraking easy becomes legal.

In the public debate before the different parties and the interested parties have to publicize their arguments (gets better all the time don't you think fellow Europeans, a public debate with public documents in an open process )

" Apple's filing explained that jailbreaking could allow hackers to altering the iPhone’s BBP — the “baseband processor” software, which enables a connection to cell phone towers.

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."

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/07/jailbreak

It could also make phone calls with an iphone totally anonymous..... Also good for terrorists and drugdealers. Maybe we should send thousands of those jailbroken iphones to Iran.

What makes me wonder. The BBP software is thus the achilles of the mobile network. Hack, crack or attack it and all goes down. And as many people and business are totally dependent on those networks, chaos is the result. Imagine no mobile phones that work.... I hope you still have a fixed line as backup. And that mobile extra towers are present if that is the case. Maybe an idea for blackhat next week in Las Vegas. It already promises to be a very hard blackhat, but maybe they could throw in a hack of a mobile tower, just for the fun of it. :)

Or what Apple says is true and than the mobile infrastructure has to be defended and re-organised at the highest urgency or it is crap. And if it is true, be sure that you have a fixed line and that all your mobile data and contacts are also usable and present on your fixed line. 

A company that says it is secure from a - to z and that says it is professional and only says professional things, can't say such things without any proof. And if it can proof it, it is a national emergency without any precedence. If it ain't true, it is apologize and retract.

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