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iPhone hackers get hacked

The latest Apple Operating system for iPhones and iPads named iOS came under scrutiny after the German Government issued an official warning saying the operating system has a "critical weakness".

This warning comes after a website called JailbreakMe.com provided a way to jailbreak or unlock the iPhone.

Jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system giving users full access to the OS and unlocking all its features.

Computer engineer M.A. Saheb says downloading certain applications on a jailbroken iPhone can lead to serious consequences.

"Anytime you add applications, you add codes. Those codes may not be certified and anytime you have codes, there is a way to get in that particular browser," said Saheb.

Less than 24 hours after the website JailbreakMe.com went live, more than a million iPhones and iPads were jailbroken. While jailbreaking may have its benefits, the cons certainly outweigh them.

Once your phone or computer is hacked, your personal information could be compromised. Hackers can retrieve bank account information, credit card numbers and even steal your identity.

Saheb says the best way to avoid this is to have the latest software.

"The best way is prevention. Keep all your applications up to date. That's the biggest key. If you have a browser, makes sure it's the latest browser," said Saheb.

Although these tips may help to prevent a hacker attack, there is no such thing as being hacker proof.

"If you use any technology or any electronics, if it's wireless, there are people with equipment or right money that can always get in your system. It doesn't matter how, It doesn't matter what the vendor says, they can," said Saheb.

Saheb says the technology is a blessing and a curse and users should practice extreme caution when using their smart phones.

Although jailbreaking is legal in the U.S., Apple says this practice may lead to your warranty being voided.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.

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