Jonathan Zdziarski has claimed to have cracked the iPhone 3GS encryption security within 2 minutes with some freely available software. Jonathan has thus termed the iPhone 3GS “useless” for business.
“It is kind of like storing all your secret messages right next to the secret decoder ring,” said Jonathan Zdziarski, an iPhone developer and a hacker who teaches forensics courses on recovering data from iPhones. “I don’t think any of us [developers] have ever seen encryption implemented so poorly before, which is why it’s hard to describe why it’s such a big threat to security.”
Jonathan Zdziarski also says that its upto the developers of the applications to ensure that they add another level of security, because Apple’s security doesn’t seem to be enough. He added that the ability for the iPhone to self-erase itself remotely using Apple’s MobileMe service isn’t very helpful, either: Any reasonably intelligent criminal would remove the SIM card to prevent the remote-wipe command from coming through. (In a past Wired.com report, Zdziarski said the iPhone’s remote-wiping ability pales in comparison to Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, which can self-delete automatically after the phone has been inactive on the network for a preset amount of time.)
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