This is a warning to always be careful about the source of a jailbreak. There are scammers out there who pretend to be legitimate developers, who will attempt to infect your computer, trick you out of your money, or funnel ad revenue to their sites without delivering the goods. If you see an ad or a comment claiming to jailbreak iOS 6 or the iPhone 5, make sure it’s real.
On our own site, we’ve seen and deleted anonymous comments that claim “pod2g posted on his blog, that the new untethered jailbreak is out! It is Absinthe version 3.0.0! Finally we got an untethered jailbreak…” The attached link leads to a close duplicate of Pod2g‘s blog , complete with the developer’s real previous posts, and a fake download link for “Absinthe 3.0“, a supposed untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.0 and 6.0.1.
Needless to say, the download link labelled “actual download website” isn’t real. If you hover your mouse over the URL, you’ll notice there’s a hidden hypertext link that will take you to another fake page.
So we’ve established that the bad guys are out there and they’re trying to fool you. What can you do to avoid being duped? Here are a few simple precautions that can prevent damage to your computer or bank account:
1. Check out twitter to see what the trusted developers are already saying. Active developers who will most likely tweet about a public release of an iOS 6 jailbreak include @pod2g, @planetbeing, @posixninja, @Chpwn, and @Musclenerd. These are their real public twitter addresses; accept no imitations.
2. Check trustworthy jailbreak news sites like iJailbreak. When there’s a public jailbreak for iOS 6, we’ll release full articles to walk you through it.
3. Make sure to check links before you click on them. Scammers can hide other hypertext links in what seem to be normal URLs. Example: https://www.google.com — Don’t be fooled.
Have you been tricked by false jailbreak sites? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.