Google Glass Already Rooted and Hacked

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News Posted: Fri, Apr 26 2013 4:10 PM
Speaking of Google Glass and hacking, the new $1,500 spectacles, which are as yet only available to a select group of “Explorers”, have already been hacked.

Tweets from Liam McLoughlin (also known as Hexxeh), who works for Google on the Chrome side of things indicate that he found a way to do it, and although he doesn’t say for sure that he rooted the specs yet for fear of breaking them. He did, however, tweet that he found a debug mode that seems to give him ADB access, and a reboot-loader offers a way to root the device through fastboot OEM unlock.

Jay Freeman (@saurik) doesn’t think that the fastboot OEM unlock necessarily offers root access, but he’s definitely already jailbroken Google Glass. He even tweeted a picture.

Jailbroken Google Glass
Jay Freeman's jailbroken Google Glass

Gaining root access would allow people to modify Google Glass and create apps for the specs that aren’t available through conventional means such as the Google Play store. Considering how nervous this device is already making people in terms of privacy, the ability for hackers to do whatever they want with Google Glass must be unnerving.

On the contrary, for those who love to tinker with hardware and explore the bounds of new technology, it’s terribly exciting.
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Well it was only a matter of time before this happened... And I'm actually really excited to see what the developer community does with this access. Hopefully though, it isnt taking advantage of...

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true that. seems anything that comes to the market, someone finds a hole in its coding

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Clixxer replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 5:10 PM

Yep, was only a matter of time. Now we might see the full extent of what these things are capable of.

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ajm531 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 5:29 PM

Sweet cyanogenmod on my google glass AWESOME!!!!! no that wouldnt work clearly and wouldnt really offer any benefits even if i could. but im not surprised like every android phone just about gets rooted even before its officially released so yeah since its running android it was bound to happen. Though with root i can do some amazing things with some apps on my phones and tablets so as mentioned this will allow devs to do some even more amazing things with this technology

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Now i just need to win lottery so i can buy this type of sweet gear.

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This will probably (hopefully) allow for resale quite easily.

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This will probably (hopefully) allow for resale quite easily.

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Kidbest100 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 11:32 PM

I knew this would happen, but not this quick. You would think that google would give a device with so much potential for good, and for harm, would give it a higher security standard...

But then again, safety is just an illusion

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