Security researchers are reporting two purported security issues with the iPhone today.
ETH Zurich reports on a seemingly innocuous flaw wherein the iPhone's quasi-GPS (cell tower and WiFi triangulation) scheme can be fooled into displaying an incorrect location to the user. The system can be tricked by impersonating known locations (falsifying MAC addresses) and jamming actual, local access points. Researchers write: "These actions created the illusion in localized devices that their locations were different from their actual physical locations." In a test case, one of the devices was misleadingly induced to show its position as being in New York City, whereas the correct position was Zurich (Switzerland).