Those of you in the U.S. planning to travel internationally in the near future may want to be careful. The Bush administration recently overturned a 22-year-old policy, granting the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency the ability to confiscate and search any small portable electronic devices, including iPhones and iPod touches, without probable cause.
A second trojan is circulating the web that tries to take advantage of the iPhone 3g's popularity. Researchers with Panda Security report that the emails have been circulating that claim to have an attached video of the iPhone. The attachment, named "VideoPhone_exe" has been identified as Banker.LKCTrojan.
Concerned about iPhone theft? A new app called Private-I was released recently that relies on the relative stupidity of most criminals to trick them into revealing your iPhone's location. The app shows up on the home screen with the word "Private" on it with the idea that they'll get curious and press it to see what's inside that you don't want them to know about.
A new viral spam email targeting iPhone-owning Windows users surfaced recently. The message appears with subjects like tries to trick the owner into opening an attached file, claiming it's a popular iPhone game. When opened on a machine running Windows, it infects the machine with a nasty virus.
Johnathan Zdziarski held his live O'Reilly webcast earlier today, during which he demonstrated how to bypass the iPhone's passcode lock as promised. As it turns out, the forensic information he was talking about that he showed how to gain access to was the very same personal information he mentioned finding previously.
iPhone Alley reader Felipe recently told us about a new security feature in the 2.1 software on the new iPod that lets the user set the device to automatically wipe it's drive completely after the passcode fails 10 times. A preference screen titled "Passcode Lock" was found, with an "Erase Data" switch that will cause it to "Erase all data on this iPod after 10 failed passcode attempts".
Macworld has received word from Apple representative Jennifer Bowcock that an iPhone Software Update will be available to customers sometime in September. The update is said to address the recently discovered security flaw which allows access to a victim's phone book, bookmarks, email, and other personal information when the iPhone is password-protected.
Those of you who rely on a password to keep others from using your iPhone might want to keep an eye on it for a while. A workaround has just been uncovered that renders the need for a password useless, giving a user full access to Mail, SMS, Contacts, and even Safari without the use of the password.
Palringo, the rich text IM application that promised instant text, picture, and even voice messaging (but also requires you to sign up for a new IM account) has just updated their service to include instant voice messages, giving the iPhone PTT (push to talk) capabilities for the first time, without the need to sign up for a contract.
Mr. Zdziarski's discovery of a remote blacklist that gives Apple the ability to zap apps from your phone remotely was pretty concerning for us jailbreakers and NetShare owners, and even though Steve said it's only for zapping the malicious/dangerous ones to keep us secure, it's still a little frightening (though understandable I suppose) that it was kept a secret. For those who don't like the idea of Apple periodically checking out their iPhone, Mr. Zdziarski has posted a way to disable the feature.