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Lucid Lynx the iPhone Data Miner

Apple iPhone data security nonexistent with latest Ubuntu iteration.

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Good hack for corporate spies: hang out in cool German restaurants outside Cupertino, wait for Apple engineers (or anyone actually) to drop their iPhone (or iPhone prototype) and then take the device back home to your Ubuntu computer. All corporate secrets are belong to you.

Security researchers Bernd Marienfeldt and Jim Herbeck have discovered that plugging even a fully up to date non-jailbroken iPhone 3GS into a computer running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx allows nearly full read access to the phone's storage - even when it's locked.

Marienfeldt says he believes the lack of full data encryption will also be a problem. He also notes that the iPhone cannot offer digital signatures on electronic correspondence and concludes that Apple's immensely popular consumer gadget is therefore still not ready for the 'enterprise'.

Which will undoubtedly come as a shock for many: two fifths are already there.

See Also
Bernd Marienfeldt: iPhone business security framework
Ars Technica: New research reveals troubling security issues for iPhones
Engadget: iPhone vulnerability leaves your data wide open, even when using a PIN

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