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iPhone GPS Data Storage

Published: 2011-04-20
Last Updated: 2011-04-20 18:31:53 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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We received a number of comments regarding the release of the iPhone tracker [1], a tool which plots geo location data stored in iOS backups. All iOS devices (iPhone as well as iPad) will accumulate location information over time, and store it as part of backup files. The iPhone tracker will read this file and plot the information.

However, this information is not sent to any remote sides (at least not that this is known so far). Mobile operators may of course keep their own geo location data. As a simple counter measure, it is recommended to encrypt backups using a strong password.

And of course yet more interesting data for mobile forensics.

[1] http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute
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