Posted by: David Harley | July 23, 2014

iOS through the backdoor?

[Update: useful commentary on the same issue for the Sophos blog from John Zorabedian here: iSpy? Researcher exposes backdoor in iPhones and iPads]

The Register has updated its article – HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – from earlier in the week regarding Jonathan Zdziarski’s paper claiming that iOS devices contain data discovery tools that could be (mis)used, especially by adept government snoopers.

Apple has responded (according to El Reg) that “…services identified by Zdziarski are not deliberately provided for government agencies to exploit. Instead, they are for “diagnostic” purposes and to allow enterprise IT bods to manage workers’ devices.” (Ah: so it’s all the fault of security-minded commentators advising that CYOD is better than BYOD, huh?) However, Zdziarski is not convinced, citing the lack of user control over the feature.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World


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