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Apple iPhone Takes its Own Screen Shots, Possible Security Issue
Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 4:10 PM - by
iPhone forensic expert Jonathan Zdziarski has revealed that the iPhone takes its own screen shots as an internal programming aid, but the data could also be used by someone who comes into possession of the iPhone to view information the owner thought was deleted.
Apparently, there is no malicious intent on the part of Apple, and the shots are used to enable, for example, the home screen shrinking effect, according to tgdaily on Friday
As an iPhone forensic expert, Mr. Zdziarski noted that someone with sufficient technical knowledge could exploit that data. However, he's divided on the issue. Sometimes, experts are asked to assist with a crime, and that data along with other cached files, could come in handy when assisting police investigations.
As with a Mac, someone who is determined enough can break through security protections on the iPhone, he noted. "This flaw can only be exploited by somebody with physical access to a device, but your phone could get into the hands of someone with more malicious intent," he said. "Obviously, you don't want to trust any of your data to a passcode."
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