Steve Jobs confirmed a widespread rumor in a Wall Street Journal interview today. He admitted that the iPhone has code inside it that routinely checks back with Apple to see if any downloaded software has been blacklisted. This also enables Apple to remotely disable any malicious programs at their discretion.

WSJ explains:

Apple raised hackles in computer-privacy and security circles when an independent engineer discovered code inside the iPhone that suggested iPhones routinely check an Apple Web site that could, in theory trigger the removal of the undesirable software from the devices.

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