Apple's apparently taken a stand against 'hacked' iPhones. Czech-based company PoweryBase, makers of the NotifyMe application, have just found what looks like evidence of Apple trying to stymie hackers. They noticed that users of hacked iPhones, who make up 5% of their app customers, also made up 80% of their customer support requests. NotifyMe is a push-based application that allows the iPhone to warn users of personal tasks or events. PoweryBase looked into the issues and found out that people with hacked phones were all experiencing the same basic issue. Push notifications just didn't work on their phones. The only possible culprit was Apple, blocking hacked users as a way to discourage users from breaking their carrier agreements.
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"When the Push based application such as NotifyMe requests an ID from APNS, the server responds within a second and identifies the device with the unique token...on a unofficially activated device, APNS keeps the application wait forever and does not provide any respond at all, keeping user wait infinitely or time out the connection, if the target application is capable of timing out." said Pavel Serbajlo, lead developer at PoweryBase.
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So basically what's happening is that Apple is causing the server to not respond to any requests from hacked devices. So far they seem to have only taken this action on Push Notifications, and don't appear to have blocked anything else. If you've got a hacked iPhone and you encounter a similar issue or completely different issue, please let I4U know.
UPDATE: Apple is apparently working on a fix for this issue. You can get a link to the trial fix here.