Jailbreak Siri port compromises personal data, breaks some iPhones

iDownloadBlog noticed that a jailbreak utility claiming full Siri functionality appeared in Cydia recently, supposedly compatible with any GSM or CDMA iPhone 4 running iOS 5 or 5.0.1. However, the unofficial app, called H1Siri, has been found to break some users' iPhones, and potentially worse, compromises the personal data of anyone who chooses to use it.

While there have been a couple other unofficial Siri ports before, this latest one is notable for not only allegedly offering the entire Siri experience, but also being readily available and installable to most jailbroken devices. Instructions on how to add the proper repo and install H1Siri can be found at iDownloadBlog, but it is unadvised for a few very big reasons that were uncovered in the aftermath of H1Siri's discovery.

For one, many zealous users claim that H1Siri is causing a bevy of undesirable behavior including random reboots, an unusable Camera app, and even bricking the iPhone. As if the chance of breaking your device wasn't enough of a red flag, iPhone hacker chpwn (Grant Paul) took to Twitter to warn users of an even greater risk of using H1Siri: compromised personal data, including emails, texts and contacts.

Paul tweeted: "Please note: if you use a proxy to access Siri, you may be sending your Email, SMS, Calendar, Contacts, Location, etc though that server." He then followed that up with another tweet: "(It's up to you if you want to accept that risk. It's also your choice if you want to violate copyright law to obtain the needed files.)"

Though Siri does seem to be a cool feature (one I have admittedly not had much firsthand experience with), the risks involved with these unofficial ports definitely outweigh the potential benefits. If you still decide to play around with H1Siri, consider yourself warned.

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Jailbreaking simply gives you full control of your phone by allowing you to access areas/directories which are accessible only to technicians (admin, super-user, root-access). I think a person who does his research well can gain a lot with jailbreaking. You can develop apps which can control core functions (e.g. turning off your iPhone on schedule). If you are careful enough, do your research, and have enough patience to read before installing apps, you can get apps for free. It's not jailbreaking per se that's the culprit--it's about being responsible for your own iPhone and your own actions. You can buy a car and leave the servicing to the dealer, or you can choose to modify the engine and make performance adjustments and upgrades yourself. Either way, it should be your choice... not the manufacturer's.

1) code and release siri as an iPhone4S feature ONLY
2) await hackers to make it compatible on older iDevices
3) modify iOS kernel to make it work better
5) release ios 5.2 with siri for older iDevices.

This is apples gameplan all along isn't it?
As for this breaking iPhones thats expected. Look at every other piece of software ever released. They all broke something or another....

"However, the unofficial app, called H1Siri, has been found to break some users' iPhones"

Unless there's a hardware defect, you can ALWAYS restore function back to the iPhone. Even when jailbroken.

Now that all the dust has settled and the novelty has worn off a lot of people are discovering the Siri isn't actually that great a feature anyway and has a lot of problems, much like the android version.

I've never used either but Siri does sound the superior, however risking damaging your phone or loosing personal information for I don't think so

Teebor said,
Now that all the dust has settled and the novelty has worn off a lot of people are discovering the Siri isn't actually that great a feature anyway and has a lot of problems, much like the android version.

I've never used either but Siri does sound the superior, however risking damaging your phone or loosing personal information for I don't think so

Siri used as it should on supported platforms should preform perfect.
There was never a siri or siri-like program released for the android by Google. There are 3rd party items but the core of the program sends out over the network for google voice to analyze and return text... Android had a voice feature (search, text, browse, email, etc) since 2.1 I think. Again its reliant on google voice not the hardware - just like siri.

hmm.. your missing out on all the handy stuff to get around the annoying apple default stuff though.

Never found the need to jailbreak, everybody has been calling out for cheap applications, cheap games and that is exactly what you get.

It is very sad when people jailbreak to save $0.99 on a game.

stevember said,
Never found the need to jailbreak, everybody has been calling out for cheap applications, cheap games and that is exactly what you get.

It is very sad when people jailbreak to save $0.99 on a game.

If you love the Apple leash...

There's a lot of reason to jailbreak that dosen't involve free application/game... there's even some game in Cydia that you need to pay

stevember said,
Never found the need to jailbreak, everybody has been calling out for cheap applications, cheap games and that is exactly what you get.

It is very sad when people jailbreak to save $0.99 on a game.

Just because someone jailbreaks doesn't mean they are getting free apps/games.

Plus, $0.99 adds up quickly.

NesTle said,

If you love the Apple leash...

There's a lot of reason to jailbreak that dosen't involve free application/game... there's even some game in Cydia that you need to pay

I hate Apple leash, however I've never found a big enough reason to jailbreak.

I don't care for customising on the iPad, free games or applications when they are so cheap.

Please enlighten me to some of the other reasons to jailbreak?

Dinggus said,

Just because someone jailbreaks doesn't mean they are getting free apps/games.

Plus, $0.99 adds up quickly.

Most of the time yes, in my experience of friends that have done it.

Plus, so does the amount of games and applications you have.

There is so much free or incredibly cheap and people still are not happy, because it adds up! Jeezs.

stevember said,

I hate Apple leash, however I've never found a big enough reason to jailbreak.

I don't care for customising on the iPad, free games or applications when they are so cheap.

Please enlighten me to some of the other reasons to jailbreak?

To be able to fully customize iOS. Applications like Springtomize, SBSettings, Winterboard and IntelliscreenX is a must for me. With them you can add Functionality/Tweaks/Homescreen/Lockscreen Customization to your liking.
Other reasons would include installing apps that would have never passed the Apple scrutiny to appear in the official App Store and free Wi-fi tethering.

wikan said,

To be able to fully customize iOS. Applications like Springtomize, SBSettings, Winterboard and IntelliscreenX is a must for me. With them you can add Functionality/Tweaks/Homescreen/Lockscreen Customization to your liking.
Other reasons would include installing apps that would have never passed the Apple scrutiny to appear in the official App Store and free Wi-fi tethering.

Fair enough.

Never forget spending 4 hrs unbricking my sisters iPhone after she JB it.

I JB my iPad 1 and got bored after couple days.

I'm a PC 'power user' and coder, but iPad does all I need out box with with apps.

If I wanted customize I'd get Android tablet like my Samsung phone.

But thats just me.

Agreed, most ppl I know are jailbreaking to get free apps and games. Anything else is very little because they want to increase functionality, it's because they want there own background because it's 'kewl'. 4 Kids/teens man Not us.

Personally I have no reason to Jailbreak. The phone does what I need it to... although I really wish they would add a separate volume control for the alarm clock!

Neobond said,
This is why I don't jailbreak.

Jailbreaking is totally safe. However, H1Siri is kind of a shady program released by a group of Chinese hackers. On top of that, the build everyone got their hands on was a leaked testing build that wasn't really meant for public consumption.