iPhone 4 - Are we being watched?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by proathlete03, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. proathlete03 macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    My question is... With the iPhone 4 being jailbroken and everyone being able to view the root directory, what exactly is being stored on the iPhone that we wouldn't already know about. Obviously geo-tagging would store location info on pictures and web cache / history needs to be emptied out, but is there a hidden file that captures more data that we just don't know about???

    Any input? With HandyLight sneaking through the app store, I bet someone could put malicious code that transmits personal info (location or data from phone). This really should be explored!!!

    From the front page of FoxNews.com

    "There's plenty of information an iPhone hangs onto," Jonathan Zdziarski, author of iPhone Forensics, told FoxNews.com. "For example, the iPhone takes a screen shot every time you hit the home button, including shots of your e-mail with the time stamped on it."

    Mapping software will store locations you've searched or directions you've received.

    The auto correcting typing feature of iPhones actually stores words you've typed, which could potentially be accessed months after a message was sent and deleted

    Do you carefully delete all of that personal data to play it safe? No matter, it still may be accessible to thieves or law enforcement.
  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
  3. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
  4. proathlete03 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Didn't see that one... It is over in Tips & Troubleshooting, thats why.
  5. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
  6. Frenchjay macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010

    Oh and Glenn beck says the sky is falling :D
  7. chembox macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2010
  8. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2007
    Indiana, US

    Seriously, it's a Fox News article. Take it with a grain of salt.
  9. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
  10. ddavid macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2008
    - 1

    You don't sound very "Fair and Balanced"
  11. RichBrewski macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Well, I hate fox news as much as the next guy but nothing they said was incorrect. Sorry that I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt here but it is a very real possibility that devs could sneak in a code that takes pictures of you via frontal camera, keeps running in the background(multitasking anybody?) to capture what you've been texting, or even utilize the geotagging feature to send your location to God-knows-who.

    You all are quick to jump to the usual "Oh it's Fox News, it HAS to be wrong."(and trust me, I do that A LOT too). I guarantee if it was a CNN source you guys would make no quip about it (me included).

    But whatever, I know my post is controversial and will probably attract a lot of flaming.
  12. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2010
    I'd rather buy gold then give it to the cash for gold hustlers.

    Those guys are unreal.
  13. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    I hate the news if I would of saw this while watching tv and a prieview came up I would stay up and make shure I watch to see how wrong they are. Most of the time anything about tech all the news channels are wrong. I would seriously call or email them a serious mad call/email. This stuff pisses me off. When people bash things or get people scared when they have no idea.

    And the answere to ur question, it is possible but threre is like a zero percent chance it will happen. For all the things they are talking about Only the govt or A person at the company can access unless they have the phone itself. And I could care less because a full scale investigation is on the way if its that bad, they can have my pictures and emails. The only thing I care for would be as they stated is banking info. And if ur jailbrokentgere is line a 2 percent chance somthing will happen. Usually the things u downlode are pretty popular and have a little box saying they are signed (I think that means ur good to go) And u can change the root/mobile password to whatever u want so they can't get root access. And I might not know what I'm talking about but I'll admit that, damb new channels :( lol
  14. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2008
    Athens, GA USA
    All you Fox New "haters" just keep drinking the CNN "mainstream liberal media" kool aid until you are paying 80% taxes in the US.... That is IF you have a job!
  15. fsck-y dingo macrumors 65816

    fsck-y dingo

    Jun 14, 2009
    At the risk of getting too much more off topic I'll just add this. Anyone paying attention to anything a cable news station (any of them) has to say is crazy.

    To get back to proathlete03...Much of the stuff reported has been known for a while. The news stations are just drumming up older stuff and trying to cause some hype as usual. There's really very little to be concerned about regarding what the phone does.
  16. ddavid macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2008
    I don't see this as being controversial. Of course they can access a lot of data from a smart phone using forensic data mining.

    Does anyone doubt this?

    The issue is two fold, one, are you suspected of a crime that warrants the expense, and two, can this data be exploited by others easily. There is a lot of data that can be pieced together if they are motivated!

    The article mentions the iPhone because of its popularity and clearly points out that other smart phones can also be forensically examined. Lighten up guys and don't shoot the messenger, even if you hate the messenger and have closed your minds! The message is accurate.
  17. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

    Jan 4, 2008
    the island
    I think the article does raise a good point. Many iPhone users, like the ones who don't spend their time scouring MacRumors and other forums/blogs, never think about how the iPhone geotags photos and tweets, stores locations you've searched, or has cookies for sites you've visited. Apps like Gowalla and Foursquare could easily be used for malicious reasons if you aren't careful.

    It all comes down to common sense and a little education in the capabilities of a smartphone. Whether it comes from the Right or Left, it's a good thing for people to be made aware.
  18. iCandii macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    lol..i feel sorry for who ever wants to spy on me, they'd fall asleep watching me live LOL(im not that interesting i dont think LOL)

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