Imagine if your iPhone has been jailbroken without your knowledge, how would you know? If it was, that would have to mean that something untoward is going on! The problem with this scenario is, that it can be nearly impossible to tell if the iPhone in your pocket has been jailbroken or not.
Some Reassuring News
There is an app called System and Security Info, which was created partially by German security researcher Stefan Esser. This app will tell iPhone users if their phone has been jailbroken or not. This will then determine as to whether they’re being covertly monitored and lead on to finding a possible solution.
Seeing as every iPhone user keeps important and sensitive information on their phone. Like details of their lives, private messages and photos, internet search histories and more. It is may be shocking for you to discover that there an industry dedicated to the development of software, that can take away your right to privacy via your iPhone.
There are a whole host of SpyWare vendors, like the HackingTeam selling their products government departments and criminal law enforcement agencies all over the world. Some vendors like mSpy package themselves as a way for unsuspecting parents to keep an eye on what their children are up to on their phones.
As far as mobile operating systems are concerned, it’s not only iOS that is effected by this. Android handsets can also be effected however, Android security is so strong that this kind of SpyWare is generally not found on them. The vendors instead rely on iPhones that have been jailbroken to work.
On the most basic level modifying an iPhone commonly known as jailbreaking allows it to run software that has not been signed off by Apple. Actually doing this to an iPhone is a relatively easy process and can be done in less than 20-minutes. In fact the software needed to do it can be found almost anywhere online.
If you’re thinking what’s the motivation behind companies like the HackingTeam or FinFisher? Well first their clients have to get their hands on a particular iPhone of interest. Then jailbreak it and then run the spying from HackingTeam or FinFisher.
According to an industry insider, it’s really easy to hide the fact that an iPhone has been hacked. In some cases, it can be as simple as deleting a file.
The System and Security Info App
The app itself doesn’t do anything dramatic, it simply scans an iPhone and from within its jailbreak tab. And then displays a breakdown of any files that indicate if your phone has been jailbroken or not. If you test it and get a green icon, you know your handset has not been jailbroken.
If you download and install the app and discover that your iPhone has been jailbroken. It does not mean that someone has installed SpyWare or some other form of nefarious tool on your handset. But it does mean that if someone wanted to they could go about it quite easily.
If you want to check your iPhone, you can download the app from the App Store