Sunday, May 29, 2016
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Plextor To Showcase Its Gaming Grade SSDs at Computex 2016
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Launches Wordlwide
Corsair Bulldog PC Is Seeking A Place In Your Living Room
Samsung Galaxy C5 and C7 Released In China
SSD Adoption in Notebooks To Increase This Year As TLC NAND Market Matures
Samsung To Launch SamsungPay Mini Online Payments App
Facebook Publishers To Show Ads To Everyone
Samsung and Warner Bros. Release The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Mobiles > Researc...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Researchers Claim iPhone 3G Tracks Users' Movements


Researchers have found that Apple iPhones and iPads track users' locations and store the data in an unencrypted file on the devices and on owners' computers.

Alasdair Allan, the founder of Data Science Toolkit and Alasdair Allan, a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter, claim that iPhones and 3G iPads are regularly recording the position of the device into a hidden file. Ever since iOS 4 arrived, the devices has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps, the researchers said.

"We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations," they added.

The specific hidden file is called "consolidated.db." and it is unencrypted and unprotected. The file contains pretty detailed latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp and it is on any machine a users has synched with his/her iOS device, making it easily accessible 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," the researcher said.

Although there no immediate harm that would seem to come from the availability of this data, the reason of its existence and how Apple intends to use it remain unclear.

Warden and Allan speculated that it might have to do with a future feature that relies on location. "The fact that it's transferred across devices when you restore or migrate is evidence the data-gathering isn't accidental," they said.

Alasdair Allan has also built an application that helps users look at their own data. The application extracts the data from a Mac, then displays the location history on a map.

Apple has not yet commented on the researchers' findings.


Previous
Next
Asahi Glass Co. Unveils World's Thinnest Glass Substrate for Touchscreens        All News        Microsoft, Google and HP To Support New Startup America
Asahi Glass Co. Unveils World's Thinnest Glass Substrate for Touchscreens     Mobiles News      iPhone 5 Coming in September

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Apple Supplier Talks About All-glass iPhone
iPhone 7 May Not Be Enough to Boost Apple's Sales
Samsung To Supply EMI-shielded NAND Flash Memory to Apple: report
KGI Analyst Says iPhone 7 To Feature 'All glass' Enclosure Along With An AMOLED Screen
Fitch Sees An OLED iPhone Coming Soon
iPhone SE Shares Features And Parts With Three iPhone Generations, Teardown Reveals
Some Thoughts About The New iPhone SE
Apple Introduces $400 iPhone SE And 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Smaller iPhone And New iPad Coming In March 21 Event
More Details On Upcoming 4-inch iPhone Emerge
New iPhone And iPad To Use A9x and A9 Chips
Apple Error Message Killing iPhones After Replacing Displays

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .