Updated 11:55 PM EDT, Sat, Oct 16, 2021

Apple iOS 9 Jailbreak: First Jailbreaking Tool from Pangu Released

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It is expected by now that released iterations of Apple's iOS will come with a corresponding jailbreak from hacking groups. Just recently, it was reported that Chinese hacking team Pangu already found a way to jailbreak iOS 9, the tech giant's latest mobile operating system.

According to a report from TechCrunch, the jailbreak comes with a Windows software package that enables an untethered jailbreak, which means that a device doesn't have to be plugged into a laptop or PC to run. The jailbreak reportedly works on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices that has iOS 9 through 9.0.2.

After jailbreaking their devices, users can install Cydia Impactor, which allows downloading and installing unofficial packages into handsets, TechCrunch noted. Through Cydia, users can run apps or apply changes that the operating system would have prevented.

However, it should be noted that "though devices can be jailbroken and Cydia can be installed, many of the apps and tweaks are not yet ready, notes modder enthusiast site ModMyi.com," the news outlet further reported. Some developers, like the creators of the interface tweak Barrel, have started looking for testers as well.

Pangu's is the first ever jailbreak for the iOS 9, which -- as stated by Apple -- runs a security system called 'rootless' that is designed to put off malware, TechCrunch wrote. The latest OS was expected to be a big threat to the jailbreaking community, 9to5Mac noted.

Risks of Jailbreaks

Jailbreaking a device is not encouraged unless users are highly familiar with what they are doing. The process can put a smartphone's personal data and security at risk. Jailbreaks also violate a user's End User License Agreement, which voids your warranty and gives Apple the right to refuse assistance when things go wrong with your device, TechCrunch wrote.

Determined users, however, can head to Reddit for a how-to guide to safe jailbreaking.

Majority of iOS devices infected with a malware were jailbroken devices. An iOS 8 Cydia tweak reportedly left a vulnerability to more than 225,000 jailbroken Apple devices and left them exposed to a malware called the KeyRaider. This was discovered by Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks together with WeipTech last month.

The breach reportedly stole Apple ID usernames, passwords, and device GUID from owners of the jailbroken devices. The malware works by "intercepting iTunes traffic on the device. KeyRaider steals Apple push notification service certificates and private keys, steals and shares App Store purchasing information, and disables local and remote unlocking functionalities on iPhones and iPads," Palo Alto Networks explained.

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