Sunday, 25 September 2011

Two iOS security breaches and how the hackers got those pictures of you

    Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security discovered a serious security vulnerability in Apple's iOS platform. The security hole allows a malicious user access to the root files of the phone, where they could see personal user information like passwords, call logs, messages, and and your location date if he hasn't done so already. Apple has acknowledged the problem and promises to issue a fix.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Apple spokesperson Bethan Lloyd said Apple is "aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update." She did not provide a date as to when the fix would be available.
     In other news, multiple frustrated iPhone 4 owners have complained this week that their device's front-side camera is taking pictures of them when it is supposed to be inactive.
Those photos then show up on the iPhone screen when the user tries to start a FaceTime video call. One angry owner said her FaceTime picture showed her in her office, despite never using the app while at work.

   The glitch also freezes FaceTime, forcing owners to keep trying until it loads correctly. Both vulnerabilities were present in all devices that are running iOS 4.3.3 and earlier.
    Quickly doing the math, it's doubtful that there ever was a greater security risk for your both private life and safety than iPhone: Your location + your pictures + your data available to anybody who targets you.

What tha? Are you in a dressing room?
No, I'm at home why?
"It's kind of creepy," says one user who claims that when she
FaceTime chats her boyfriend, weird photos she's never taken
of herself sitting in the office suddenly pop up on her
boyfriend's screen.
How was the Pap?
It was fine... wait, how did you know??????????????

So if you have an iPhone 4 and you happen to use FaceTime... BEWARE! Your phone could randomly snap photos of you... in the bathroom, at the doctors office... in your most private of moments... and then send them to your friends!

I guess the good news is that she has a job and isn't leading some kind of secret double life.

Via: Afterdawn, funny pics - courtesy of Smoosh