Israelis hack iPhone, obtain local service

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A group of Israeli computer engineers have managed to hack the data protection system on Apple's new iPhone, enabling the popular devices to work on local cellular networks.

The three Israeli hackers - identified by Israel's Ynet news portal only by their first names of Dubbi, Eli and Ofir - also succeeded in installing a Hebrew interface on their iPhones.

When Apple launched the iPhone in June, it granted an exclusive two-year distribution and service deal to AT&T and a handful of European carriers. Potential customers in Israel were informed that they may never be able to use the iPhone locally.

The Israeli hackers said the hack they discovered can be accomplished by practically anyone, but refused to reveal their secret at this time.

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