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Apple 'traitorware' can take your photo and shut down your jailbroken iPhone, iPad

 
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Apple 'traitorware' can take your photo and shut down your jailbroken iPhone, iPad
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* Software locates, snaps user
* Apple can shut down iPhone, iPad
* EFF calls it "traitorware"

APPLE has been accused of creating "traitorware" for trying to patent security software that tracks down people who jailbreak their iPhones and iPads and locks them out of their devices.

Jailbreaking allows users to access software and features for their devices that have not been sanctioned by Apple.

The process was declared legitimate by a US court earlier this month, but Apple said any such interference in their device will void its warranty.

Apple's patent, which went before the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week, is for "systems and methods for identifying unauthorised users of an electronic device".

Using the software, Apple can remotely access your sensitive information and data, ostensibly to determine if you are an “authorised user”.

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