Staying on top of the latest technology is something that’s important to a lot of people – especially when it comes to cell phones. Googler Felix Krause has uncovered a worrying setting in iOS.
An Austrian developer created an app called ‘watch.user’ that is capable of taking pictures of its user every second and upload them without notifying them in any way.
2. He called it a “privacy loophole that can be abused by iOS apps”.
4. When an app wants to access the camera, for example, to scan a credit card or take a profile picture during the set-up process, the iPhone user must give the app permission, in the same way, that apps must ask to access the camera roll, location and contacts and to send notifications.
5. Once allowed, it has to be turned off via the settings menu.
7. The iPhone gives no indication that the camera is being used or that the photos are being uploaded to the internet.
8. “iOS users often grant camera access to an app soon after they download it (e.g., to add an avatar or send a photo),” he wrote in a blog post.
10. The permissions system is not a bug or a flaw – it works in exactly the way Apple has designed it – but Krause said malicious apps could take advantage of it to surreptitiously record users.
11. He warned that other apps could monitor users emotions as they scroll through a social network news feed, record what they are saying, or live stream video of them in the bathroom as they tap away at a smartphone game.
13. “You can check which apps have access to your cameras and photo library by going to Settings > Privacy.”
14. The only safe way to protect yourself from the hack is using camera covers, which can be bought online, through a simple sticky note will suffice.
15. You can also revoke camera access for all apps and always use the built-in camera app to avoid being caught out.
Source: the daily buzz mag