iphone privacy concerns

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by beast260, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. beast260 macrumors member

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    got an iphone 4 and started thinking that theoretically, a person could hack your iphone and control your camera, anyway to prevent this ?(im asking this question out of curiosity, im not a privacy nut )
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    How would someone hack your iphone and control your camera?
    Let me get my tinfoil hat, glad you're not a privacy nut:D
     
  3. iApples macrumors 65816

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    Why would someone want to hack your camera? You're a guy... Unless the person is.. Well actually I don't want to get into that. I'm sure a female would be much preferred over you. You have nothing to worry about.
     
  4. BobbieM629 macrumors regular

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    Yea, i too am curious how this would happen?!
     
  5. PNutts macrumors 601

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    I've been looking around and I don't see that this has ever been reported. But to answer your question, I would say that jailbreaking and installing dodgy apps would be one way it could happen.
     
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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  7. iApples macrumors 65816

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    Thanks man. Your girlfriend bought it for me. Would you like to say hi to her while she's still here? ;)

    How amazing would that be...
     
  8. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    in theory it is possible if someone had jailbroken and hadn't changed the root password from the default, but in practice it's high unlikely.
     
  9. X2468 macrumors regular

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    If one is concerned about privacy, news flash: it's too late. Privacy is something that used to exist, but is only a myth at this late date.
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I don't think that this is possible.
     
  11. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    It's actually possible as long as the same exploits that allow websites like "Jailbreakme" to jailbreak your phone without ever plugging it in (although Apple is quick to close this class of security hole).

    There are just a few hoops you have to get through first:
    1) Need to exploit an app on the device.
    2) Get out of the app sandbox (which Jailbreakme was able to do).
    3) Edit the filesystem to include a new app, hide it.
    4) Kick off the app.
    5) Profit.

    Keep in mind, Jailbreakme actually did all this. Right now, it seems that Mobile Safari does still have flaws in this category, although I'm not sure how far down they can get into the system with these exploits.

    That all said, the odds of this actually happening are small. The exploits aren't in the wild, it isn't certain that they can escape the app sandbox (the Pwn2Own competition wasn't clear here), and there are better targets than the camera (account information, password, CC#s, etc).
     
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Always amazed at the rampant homophobia in here. OP - That....can't happen, calm down and enjoy your phone.
     

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