There’s a new jailbreak in town, and it isn’t for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Research In Motion PlayBook tablet has been jailbroken. For the first time in the Blackberry maker’s history, hackers have gained root access to the OS.
Why is this a big deal? Not only is it the first official “jailbreak” to occur outside of Apple’s ecosystem, but it’s also a slap in the face to RIM’s enterprise-minded, security-conscious mindset.
BGR is reporting that RIM’s Playbook has indeed been jailbroken, and we know that the hacker responsible is none other than Chris Wade (@cmwdotme), a respected member of the iOS jailbreak scene. He calls his jailbreak “Dingleberry.”
Here’s a video of Wade enabling Hulu (which is currently unsupported) on the Playbook with his Dingleberry jailbreak:
According to Reuters, the Playbook runs a different OS than RIM’s Blackberry phones. However, RIM is planning to incorporate the QNX system into its smartphones next year.
RIM has built its brand on being the most secure mobile platform available. The White House chooses Blackberrys over iPhones because of their seemingly-uncrackable ecosystem. You had better that RIM is doing everything it can to make sure this jailbreak doesn’t become highly publicized. (Oops!)
Nice work, Wade. It’s refreshing to see that Apple isn’t the only company that has to worry about jailbreaking anymore.