New Apple iOS 8 Randomizes MAC Address while Scanning for WiFi Networks

Apple announced the change during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in Cupertino last week, revealing that the feature will restrict the information your device will share when it will scan for near-by wi-fi networks. To do this, the device will spoof MAC addresses that it broadcast to the all available wi-fi network when device searches for them.

In iOS 8, Wi-Fi scanning behavior has changed to use random, locally administrated MAC addresses,” Apple notes. This exactly means that “the MAC address used for Wi-Fi scans may not always be the device’s real (universal) address,” Apple explains.

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