Packet captures were recorded using tshark, the console-based libpcap capture utility. The resulting files were then analyzed using a suite of open-source tools including Wireshark, ngrep, and the Perl Net::Pcap libraries in order to determine what, if any, personally-identifiable information was being shared with third parties.
For example, Amazon’s application communicates the logged-in user’s real name in plain text, along with the UDID, permitting both Amazon.com and network eavesdroppers to easily match a phone’s UDID with the name of the phone’s owner. The CBS News application transmits both the UDID and the iPhone device’s user-assigned name, which frequently contains the owner’s real name.
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