Monday, July 12, 2010

iPhone too insecure for a life of crime

If you are on the wrong side of the law you should not use an iPhone because being an Apple fanboy is going to get you locked up.

While Jobs' Mob's closed garden of delights might appeal to the more intellectually challenged crim, your average mastermind should not allow one in his island volcano powered retreat.

Apparently coppers are using information gathered by the Jobs Mob to track criminals.

Coppers have had to rely on locating a crim's position via conventional mobile phone towers, but iPhones offer far more information.

The phones are also dead easy to hack, er, retrieve personal data from. This is because the geniuses in Apple decided that every cough and spit of a users life should be recorded somewhere on the phone.

Jonathan Zdziarski,who now teaches US police how to retrieve data from mobile phones, told AP that the iPhone organises people's lives and, if you're doing something criminal, something about it is going to go through that phone.

Zdziarski said security had been neglected on the iPhone which made it wide open for anyone in comparison to the more secure BlackBerry.

Coppers could target the iPhone's keyboard logging cache, which was designed to correct spelling but means that an expert could retrieve anything typed on the keyboard over the past three to 12 months.

Every time an iPhone's internal mapping system is closed down, the device snaps a screenshot of the phone's last position and stores it.

Armed with several hundred such images from the iPhone and to establish its user's whereabouts.
iPhone snaps include so-called geotags so that, if posted online, they indicate precisely where a picture was taken and the serial number of the phone that took it.

While it is impossible to feel sympathy for a criminal iPhone user, the ease at which the coppers can get the gear to grass up their owners should scare the willies out of companies who plan to use them for business.