[LINK] Your mobile secrets uncovered
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Mon Oct 6 16:03:12 EST 2008
Looks like a sledgehammer's the only way:
> *Millions of phones are lost and discarded with their personal data
> every year ...
> It's almost impossible for the average person to wipe a mobile phone
> clean: unlike a PC, which has an open architecture, mobile phones are
> closed books in terms of where data resides.
> ... we very quickly create intensely personal relationships with these
> devices. Just how personal those relationships can be was shown by one
> BlackBerry recovered in Australia.
> It revealed its owner, a businessman, lived in an upmarket part of
> Sydney. It also contained the details of his various businesses,
> including bids and contracts under negotiations, uncomplimentary
> comments about employees, an extensive list of contacts and a complete
> log of phone calls and diary commitments.
> It even held extensive and lurid exchanges with his mistress.
> ... The problem is very few of us take any care to secure them against
> loss or theft.
> During the next few years, the phone industry hopes to tempt us with
> new devices that will be able to hold huge amounts of information,
> while the financial services industry aims to turn mobiles into
> payment devices that incorporate credit cards. Nearly all of them are
> designed so they can be linked to a computer to exchange and back up
> data or music. When they do, virtually by default, they will exchange
> information from your address book and your diary.
> ... Two years ago Communications-Electronics Security Group, the
> technical wing of the British Government's eavesdropping organisation,
> Government Communications Headquarters, which is responsible for
> advising the government on technology vulnerabilities, was privately
> briefing that mobile phones cannot be wiped.
> "The life expectancy of a mobile device is only slightly longer than
> that of a butterfly," he says. "People only hold on to their own
> phones for around 12 months; corporate devices go for 24 months. But
> when they are finished, the devices are not generally considered to
> have any intrinsic value to the organisation. When they reach the end
> of their effective life, they do not appear to be given any
> consideration with regard to the data that they may still contain."
> Do you know where your last mobile phone is now?
> And whether it was wiped clean before you got rid of it?
David Boxall | In a hierarchical organization,
| the higher the level,
| the greater the confusion.
| --Dow's Law.
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