AN INSECURITY EXPERT has warned that the Iphone's built-in encryption software, which has helped to make the posy device so popular with businesses, is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
"I don't think any of us have ever seen encryption implemented so poorly before," Iphone developer and data recovery expert Jonathan Zdziarski told Wired.
Zdziarski reckons the encryption feature on the Iphone 3GS is simply "broken" and makes it easier to extract personal data from an Iphone 3GS than it was to obtain from its two predecessors which had no encryption utility.
Live data can be extracted in two minutes from a 3GS, and a full disk image can be transferred to a PC within about 45 minutes by installing a custom kernel on the phone using readily downloadable tools such as Purple Ra1n or Red Sn0w.
The remote kill feature can be circumvented simply by removing the SIM card to prevent the signal from being received.
The news will probably come as a shock to the many businesses that have been seduced into buying the pretty toy thinking it was safe for corporate applications.
When Apple's upbeat results were announced last Tuesday, Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, was bragging that millions of Iphones have been bought by Fortune 100 companies, US Government departments and universities.
Perhaps they would like to form an orderly queue outside One Infinite Loop to ask for their money back. µ
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