Microsoft Using Kill Switch to Revoke Certs, Disable Homebrew?

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It looks like a handful of users of the ChevronWP7 unlock tool, a piece of software that lets you side-load apps to Windows Phone 7, are experiencing their phones re-locking over the air by Microsoft. Here’s what some XDA users are saying…

yeah, the same thing happened to me.

When i clicked the program on my phone. I got a message from MS asking me to uninstall, because the program has been revoked.

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same here, tried to start TA maps and MS forced me to uninstall it.

Connected the phone and ran ChevronWP: it’s locked again!

maybe MS pulled the kill switch an re-locked the phones?

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yup , I got the same to ,you can unlock it again and then it is working again

It turns out that you can simply unlock your phone again to undo the re-locking. We’re not 100% sure if Microsoft is indeed remotely locking these phones, or if the users are running into some security feature of Windows Phone 7 that prevents tampering with core software.

Source: XDA

Via: MobileTechWorld

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.