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iPhone gets a taste of spyware

Just a few months ago we reported on a pretty ingenious and frightening program called PhoneCreeper that could seriously compromise security on your WinMo phone.  Of course people went into a tither of it and rightly so, even though this was more proof-of-concept.

Now the iPhone is getting a taste of the future with SpyPhone. SpyPhone can steal all sorts of things, including "... geolocation data, passwords, address book entries and email accounts information, images, Safari Browsing history, youtube, keyboard logger, etc.".

Now the truly frightening part: it works on Jailbroken and "virgin" phones alike. It just uses the public API offered by Apple to use it's own features as exploits. Acting like a trojan, the app will steal and send out your data.

So much for the "jailbroken = security threat" meme.

This is just another volley it what is sure to be an ongoing problem with the mobile internet age, though for once Microsoft might not be the number one security target.  Point is, we know this can already be done on Windows Mobile so folks will need to keep their ears perked.

[via Taranfx]

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What does the 'WM' part of this site stand for...?

Slow news day?

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says:

So you would still have to install it right?

says:

Even if you had to install it, the point is that any of the programs you have installed could be doing any or all of those things.

says:

We need some sort of app to clear all sensitive data like CCleaner on PC.

says:

Here's a quick video that covers cell phone spyware detection and 3 ways that you can tell if your cell phone, Blackberry or iPhone has spyware installed on it.

http://www.askaden.com/2010/04/cell-phone-spyware-detection.html