Apple’s iPhone and iPad Are Spying On You – Security Researchers

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Are you taking your iPhone or iPad wherever you go? It turns out Apple might just know where you are and where you have been.

shiftstigma / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)In an article posted at O’reilly Radar, British researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden revealed that they have discovered that “your iPhone, and your 3G iPad” is logging your location into a secret file.

According to the post written by Allan, the devices are “recording the position of your device into a hidden file” found within the iOS 4 mobile operating system.

“The presence of this data on your iPhone, your iPad, and your backups has security and privacy implications. We’ve contacted Apple’s Product Security team, but we haven’t heard back,” Allan wrote.

The duo revealed that the file poses more danger because of it being “unencrypted and unprotected,  and it’s on any machine you’ve synched with your iOS device.”

According to the security researchers, the data can “also be easily accessed on the device itself if it falls into the wrong hands. Anybody with access to this file knows where you’ve been over the last year, since iOS 4 was released.”

“All iPhones appear to log your location to a file called “consolidated.db.” This contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp,” the post continued. “The coordinates aren’t always exact, but they are pretty detailed.”

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