Hackers release Evasi0n jailbreak for Apple's iOS 6, downloads crash server

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The hacker collective called Evad3rs has released its long-awaited Evasi0n jailbreak for devices running Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 6 or 6.1, enabling consumers to liberate their iPhones and iPads from the strict guidelines governing the iOS ecosystem.

Jailbreaking is a legal but warranty-voiding process that allows consumers to run unauthorized code, adding software, features and user interface tweaks not supported by the original manufacturer. Released via Evasi0nJailbreak.com and optimized for OS X, Windows and Linux, Evasi0n creates an untethered jailbreak, meaning users are not required to reconnect their device to the desktop to restart it.

More than 100,000 iOS owners downloaded Evasi0n during the hack's first 10 minutes of availability Monday afternoon. EvasionJailbreak's servers crashed later in the day as traffic to the site topped 270,000 active users. Evad3rs team members also said they are investigating complaints that the jailbreak is causing iOS 6's stock Weather app to crash.

While jailbroken iOS devices can still access Apple's iTunes and App Store, users may also download unauthorized applications from alternative mobile software storefronts like Cydia, which features a host of free and premium apps that have run afoul of Apple rules and restrictions. Founder Jay Freeman recently said that more than 22.8 million jailbroken iOS devices run the Cydia app.

Apple warns against jailbreaking iOS devices, stating that unauthorized modifications could result in system instability, security breaches, abbreviated battery life and other issues. iOS device owners who decide to take the EvasiOn plunge are urged to back up their device through iTunes or iCloud before initiating the jailbreak process.

For more:
- read this Network World article
- read this AppleInsider article
- read this TechCrunch article

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