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Well it looks like Apple has started banning iPhone hackers from the iTunes App Store. Sherif Hashim, the iPhone developer and hacker who recently found an exploit in the latest iPhone OS 3.1.3, which could enable the unlock on 05.12.01 baseband for iPhone 3GS and 3G devices has been banned by Apple for the so called “security reasons”. This is what Sherif gets when he tries to access App Store from his iPhone.

App Store Ban

Sherif posted about the ban on his twitter account today. Saying:

"Your Apple ID was banned for security reasons", that’s what i get when i try to go to the app store, they must be really angry :)))))

and guess what my apple ID was, "sherif_hashim@yahoo.com", what a fool was me not to notice :))), can’t help laughing, they are babies :)))

Another iPhone hacker named iH8sn0w who is behind Sn0wbreeze – the PwnageTool alternative for Windows also confirmed this action from Apple saying that his Apple ID was banned following the release of XEMN.

@sherif_hashim lol, they did that to my ih8sn0wyday[@t]googmail.com too. (right after I posted XEMN)…

It is to be noted here that the said exploit which Sherif found has not been released yet. The iPhone Dev-Team who tested out the exploit confirmed it as working but they didn’t gave any ETA on when or if they are going to release a tool which is going to unlock iPhone 3.1.3 05.12.01 Baseband for iPhone 3G and 3GS. Maybe they don’t want to waste this all important exploit for this minor update and instead will use it when the major update such as iPhone 3.2 or iPhone 4.0 is released with the next-gen iPhone 4G.

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