By Nick Heath
2 September 2008
Criminals can remotely destroy incriminating evidence by exploiting
security features on the Apple iPhone, a leading digital forensics
expert has warned.
The head of the Serious Fraud Office digital forensics unit Keith Foggon
cautioned that the ability to remotely wipe the iPhone and other smart
phones used by enterprises could be exploited by lawbreakers.
Foggon said: "The 3G iPhone is brand new, there are not many tools for
dealing with it and it can be remotely wiped. It's a bit like the
BlackBerrys where users can carry out remote deletion."
He added the unit took precautions to guard against the feature being
exploited. "Because we isolate the devices immediately, and never
reconnect them to their network, the remote wiping capability does not
present us with much of a problem," he noted.
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