MacRumors: iCloud Feature Tracked Apple Device Users
The technical feature of the iCloud service can be used to spy on users of Apple technology. This is reported by MacRumors.
Journalists referred to a study by security experts Tommy Misk and Talal Haj Bakri, published in Twitter Bowl. According to experts, iCloud analytics includes a dsId parameter that is unique to each user. In this regard, the authors stated that, knowing the dsId, it is possible to track the actions of a particular owner of an iPhone or other Apple gadget.
Describing a likely method of surveillance, experts emphasized that the dsId directory service identifier uniquely identifies an iCloud account. Thus, attackers can use this method to find out the user’s personal data – his name and email address.
MacRumors journalists mentioned a document from the Apple website, according to which no information collected from the device for analytical purposes can be used to identify a specific user. The authors of the publication turned to the company for clarification.
In early November, Misk and Bakri said that Apple was collecting user data despite being banned in the privacy settings. According to analysts, applications on the iPhone continued to track user activity regardless of whether iPhone Analytics was turned on or off.