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Hackers Analysing Crash Reports in Search of Untethered iOS 5 Jailbreak for iPad 2, iPhone 4S

The latest operating system released by Apple has proved a real challenge for hackers to crack to discover a jailbreak solution, although an untethered jailbreak for older iDevices, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 excluded, was recently announced by French hacker pod2g.

Joshua Hill, aka p0sixninja, one of the members of Chronic Dev team said, "Apple is really making it tough for us. The iPhone is now better protected than most nuclear missile facilities."

However, the heroes of the jailbreaker community at Chronic Dev have managed to create and distribute a program, CDevreporter, that diverts iPhone crash reports.

Hill explained to the BBC that in the first days after the program was released, the hackers received about 12 million iPhone crash reports.

The tool could prove invaluable for hackers working on jailbreaking solutions: "I can open up a crash report and pretty much tell if it will be useful or not for developing a jailbreak, but we have so many that I am working on an automated system to help me analyze them," Hill explained.

Needless to say, Apple is at war with hackers attempting to crack iOS, but Carl Leonard, senior research manager at Websense Security Labs, points out that the users themselves are actually helping the hackers in their work; and so, up to a point Apple is fighting with its own customers on this matter.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.