Several researchers at O’Reilly have discovered an extremely troubling feature of iPhones and 3G iPads running Apple’s iOS 4. In a blog post and accompanying video, the site details that Apple is storing the GPS coordinates of cellular iDevices locally, in an unencrypted and unprotected file. “Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps,” reads the post. “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.” O’Reilly goes on to note that along with a list of timestamped GPS coordinates, the file also contains a list of Wi-Fi access points that the affected device has been in range of. “Anybody with access to this file knows where you’ve been over the last year, since iOS 4 was released,” the brief continues. The file in question named consolidated.db is present in the backup file created when syncing a cellular iOS device with iTunes, and, obviously, on the iOS device itself. “Why this data is stored and how Apple intends to use it or not are important questions that need to be explored,” writes the team. Apple’s security team did not respond to O’Reilly‘s request for comment. The video made by the researchers is after the break.
The Dangers of iPhones Recording Your Every Move
By John Hudson 12:12 PM ET
Today, two British security researchers raised eyebrows with the discovery that the Apple iPhone records users’ every move for as long as a year. The information is stored on a file called “consoidated.db,” which includes latitude-longitude coordinates and a timestamp. The file is unencrypted, easily-accessible and the information is transferred to any machine the iPhone syncs with.
What if it got in the wrong hands? “Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been,” said Warden
You can’t stop it “For now, there is no fix,” writes Sam Biddle at Gizmodo.
Iphone Forensics Portect your privacy – How to get rid of that db file.