In two recent releases in the media, it is shown how easily your cell phone can not only track where you have been. But also police now have a device that can “steal” all information from your cell phone. Texts, photos, call history, and gps data.
We will start of with the Apple Iphone.
How Apple tracks your location without consent, and why it matters
By Jacqui Cheng
If you haven’t yet enabled encrypted backups for your iPhone or iPad, now’s definitely the time to start. Two security researchers have discovered a simple way to map out where you’ve been almost anywhere in the world—without any hacking involved. The information comes from a location cache file found within your iPhone’s backups on your Mac or PC, bringing out serious privacy concerns and opening the door for a jealous spouse, thief, or even a crafty trojan to take a detailed look at your whereabouts. And it’s information that no one should have access to—not even law enforcement, barring a court order.
Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden revealed their findings on Wednesday ahead of their presentation at the Where 2.0 conference taking place in San Francisco. The two discovered that the iPhone or 3G iPad—anything with 3G data access, so no iPod touch—are logging location data to a file called consolidated.db with latitude and longitude coodinates and a timestamp. The data collection appears to be associated with the launch of iOS 4 last June, meaning that many users (us at Ars included) have nearly a year’s worth of stalking data collected.
If you are like me, and do not own an Iphone big deal right? Wrong!
Police are being equipped with a device that can remotely access your data from any type of cell phone.