Apple Comments on iPhone Jailbreak/SSH Worm: You Shoulda Known Better
We've said it over and over again, if you Jailbreak your iPhone, install SSH, don't change the default SSH password, and get on a network with a bad guy, they can hold you hostage, Rickroll you, steal your data, or turn your iPhone into a bot -- and according to Apple, you should have known that before you jailbroke.
Okay, sounds straight out of the EFF counter-complaint but fair enough. We're big believers in personal responsibility and when and if we Jailbreak, we take personal responsibility for it (and we absolutely, positively, don't install SSH or change our passwords if we do!). Still Apple's Natalie Harrison pulls no punches with their comments, via the Loop
“The worm affects only a very specific set of iPhone users who have jail broken their iPhones and hacked it with unauthorized software. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones, and for good reason. These hacks not only violate the warranty, they will also cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably."
We're guessing many don't even know Jailbreak is an option. They place calls, surf the web, play games, and are perfectly content. For power users, absent power features from Apple, Jailbreaking remains compelling. (Just practice safe hacks! And check the TiPb iPhone Jailbreak Forum if you need advice!)