December 7, 2022
Refurbished iPhone Reveals Customer Data

Refurbished iPhone Reveals Customer Data

Posted May 20, 2008 at 11:24am by iClarified · 6876 views
An Oregon State Police detective confirmed to Jonathon Zdziarski that an OTB refurbished iPhone he purchased contained recoverable personal data.

Jonathon has posted about this on his blog:
A few days ago, I posted a discovery in that personal data remains intact (in deleted portions of the file system) following a full iPhone restore. As it turns out, Apple may not have been aware of this privacy leak either. A verified detective from the Oregon State Police notified me this afterrnoon that an out-of-the-box refurbished iPhone he purchased contained recoverable personal data including email, personal photos, and even financial information which he was able to recover using my forensic toolkit. The photos he sent me included the individual's name, which I've blurred out myself, but if you've ever had to return a defective iPhone, you might recognize this inbox. The more sensitive information hasn't been posted here for obvious reasons.

Read More

Below you can find screenshots of the recovered information:
Refurbished iPhone Reveals Customer Data Refurbished iPhone Reveals Customer Data
Add Comment
Would you like to be notified when someone replies or adds a new comment?
Yes (All Threads)
Yes (This Thread Only)
No
iClarified Icon
Notifications
Would you like to be notified when we post a new Apple news article or tutorial?
Yes
No
You must login or register to add a comment...
4krzn
4krzn - May 22, 2008 at 5:43am
Wow, is there a way to wipe out the private info before we sell our iPhones? someone should write an app for this.
tatanka
tatanka - May 20, 2008 at 12:58pm
That’s is not good. Apple should fix this Bud, lots of people are reselling there iphone to buy the new 3G, that means all the data has gone with the phone even though they have reformatted the iphone.
Recent. Read the latest Apple News.
RECENT
Tutorials. Help is here.
TUTORIALS
How to Create a Bootable macOS Ventura USB Installer [Video]
How to Fix 'No Matching Host Key Type Found' on Mac
Where to Download macOS Ventura
AppleTV Firmware Download Locations
Where To Download iPhone Firmware Files From
Deals. Save on Apple devices and accessories.
DEALS