Database monsters

Started Jun 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
William Carson
William Carson Veteran Member • Posts: 5,710
Re: Is it rocket science to

Chato wrote:

these cell phone companies track your location and data, whether you agreed to it as a convenience or not.


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"Everyone who has ever lived, has lived in Modern Times"

In case you think encryption of data will preserve privacy, think again.

- Freezing an Android phone can help reveal its confidential contents, German security researchers have found. Phones frozen for an hour at -10C is a way to get around the encryption system that protects the data on a phone by scrambling it. Google introduced the data scrambling system with the version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The attack allowed the researchers to get at contact lists, browsing histories and photos. Android's data scrambling system was good for end users but a "nightmare" for law enforcement and forensics workers,They discovered that quickly connecting and disconnecting the battery of a frozen phone forced the handset into a vulnerable mode. This loophole let them start it up with some custom-built software rather than its onboard Android operating system. The researchers dubbed their custom code Frost - Forensic Recovery of Scrambled Telephones. The Frost software helped them copy data on a phone that could then be analysed on a separate computer. A chilled phone also helped their hacking project. Data fades from memory much more slowly when chips are cold which allowed them to grab the encryption keys and speed up unscrambling the contents of a phone.


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