Imagine a situation in which a company actually sells a program designed to misuse its own products. If that seems hard to do, then just consider Apple Inc., the world's biggest manufacturers of gadgets.
According to reports, a fake application, purportedly designed to jailbreak the Cupertino-giant's latest mobile operating system - the iOS 5 - surfaced in the App Store. The application, it was believed, could even jailbreak earlier versions of the system, as well as the newer iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
In retrospect, it must seem a strange occurrence, for jailbreak specialists - the Dev team - have been working, with little success, on a program to jailbreak the 4S and the iPad 2; they have been unable to exploit the boot room, which is very small, because of the new A5 processor.
The fake application remained in the App Store for a few days (priced at $9.99) before Apple realized what has happening and took it down. However, there must surely have been quite a number of people who, under the impression that the program was, in fact, from Apple, were tricked.
It is, as yet, unclear as to how the application cleared the several layers of filters designed to keep Apple's App Store clean.
Furthermore, this isn't the first time a fake jailbreak has been released to exploit Apple's products. The release of the iOS 5 was followed by the provision of a tethered jailbreak by the Dev team. After that release, as customers waited for an untethered version, a fake jailbreak - FastRa1n 0.5 - was released by FastUnlockiPhone.com for $24.99.
A few days later yet another shady jailbreak was released, this time from Ghostapp.org. Dev team members lost no time in declaring these jailbreaks fake and suggested people not get tricked and spend hard-earned money on fake applications.
An untethered jailbreak for the iOS 5 or iOS 5.0.1 is yet to be released and Dev team members are already working hard find crucial bugs in the two operating systems to get the untethered jailbreak.