Jul 24, 2009

iPhone encryption can be cracked in under two minutes

One major barrier to entry into the business world is security. RIM has earned a solid reputation with reliable and secure data transmissions along with Microsoft. As Apple attempts to show that its platform is ready for the business world, a well known hacker is claiming that the phones encryption can be cracked in less than two minutes.

The ease of use of the iPhone is what is attracting many to the platform. With its finger friendly OS and an application database that is growing at incredible rates; compatibility is expanding each and every week.

Encrypting message is something every organization relies on in-case the mobile equipment accidentally falls into the wrong hands to prevent trade secrets from being stolen. Jonathan Zdziarski, a well known iPhone hacker, claims that "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." He claims that he was only using off the shelf software and compromised the iPhone in under two minutes.

Until Apple has proven the strength of its encryption it may take longer for widespread corporate adoption. As the user base of the iPhone continues to grow it will become a larger target for malicious users who wish to inflict harm on individuals and corporations; security can never be overlooked.

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