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IPhone -Security Flaw Exposes Private Data on iPhone

August 28, 2008

Security Flaw Exposes Private Data on iPhone

By Michelle Robart
TMCnet Editor
Reuters reported today that the Apple (News - Alert) iPhone has a security flaw, allowing unauthorized users to easily gain access to private information, even when the device is locked. Apple has stated that it is currently working on fixing this problem.

Gizmodo, a popular technology blog, and an online forum run by the Mac Rumors site, showed that it took only three taps to gain access to locked iPhones, which run the latest 2.02 iPhone (News - Alert) software.
An Apple spokeswoman declared in an e-mail that Apple was aware of the problem and was creating a software update to fix it. She recommended that in the meantime, users set the iPhone's "Home" button to open up the phone's iPod music collection rather than the phone's "Favorites" menu.
The availability of the software update was not disclosed, however.
The security flaw could be seen as a small setback in Apple's ambitious plans to compete against Research In Motion whose BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphone has become the must-have device for corporate professionals all over the world.
In August, technology research firm Gartner (News - Alert) released a report that said iPhone's software had met Gartner's minimum requirements for business support, although some issues remained. The author of the report, Ken Dulaney, was not immediately reachable for comment, according to Reuters (News - Alert).
Last week, Apple released a software update for the iPhone that claimed to help fix problems connecting to faster third-generation (3G) wireless networks, after receiving a flurry of online complaints from customers around the world.
Apple started selling the new 3G iPhone on July 11, and expects to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.

Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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