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DingleBerry Tool Jailbreaks the BlackBerry PlayBook (video)

by Brandon Russell | November 30, 2011November 30, 2011 4:45 pm PDT

Have RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook defenses been breached? That’s the claim being made by three intrepid hackers. If true, the exploit would be a monumental blow to Research In Motion’s sound security reputation.

The hackers said a tool they’ve developed, aptly called DingleBerry, has allowed them to gain root access to the PlayBook. For the unfamiliar, root access – more commonly known as jailbreaking – gives users permission to alter files, programs and hardware functions. Jailbreaking is perhaps most well known in the underground iOS community.

It’s been a less than stellar year for RIM. On top of marketshare loss, consumer and shareholder unrest and crippling outages, the company can’t afford anymore negative PR. Ironically, the PlayBook, which run’s RIM’s QNX system, was the first tablet to earn the U.S. government’s security certification earlier this year.

To prove the exploit works, hacker Chris Wade posted a video on YouTube showing the DingleBerry tool allowing his PlayBook to run Hulu through the browser – the video service currently blocks all mobile browsers by default.

The tool hasn’t seen a public release yet, but the hackers assure it’ll hit within the week. We’ll be sure to hit you with the news as soon as the DingleBerry tool is in the wild.

[Via: Reuters]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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