Apple has touted the iPhone’s “sandboxing” technology that is supposed to prevent iPhone apps from accessing operating system resources – but security expert Nicolas Seriot says the permissions that are set in the deny/allow rules are way too loose and some apps may be able to access data from other apps, including contacts, email addresses and phone numbers. The iPhone is immensely popular and many businesses are now allowing them to access the corporate network. Unfortunately, that popularity also makes the platform a favorite target of hackers, just as Windows is the favorite target in the desktop operating system space because of its market share. “Jailbroken” iPhones are especially attractive targets because the malware authors don’t have to go through the App Store, but some apps of this nature have made it into the App Store before their true nature was discovered and they were delisted.
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Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a technology and security analyst and author specializing in identity, security and cybercrime, utilizing her past experience as a police officer and police academy/criminal justice instructor. She has written numerous books and articles for web and print publications and has been awarded the Microsoft MVP designation for fourteen years in a row.