This is terrific. And for some, terrifying. Security analysts/researchers from Germany, known as SRL (Security Research Labs) put up two videos depicting how a thief can actually break into your iPhone 5s/5c and literally lock you out of your own phone and account.
All this despite TouchID and Find My iPhone. Jump right in for the details.
I’m not sure putting up a video that shows how exactly you can hack into a stolen iPhone and make it all yours without worrying about Find My iPhone and stuff is a good move to grab Apple’s attention. But whatever it is, the following videos depict how relatively easy it is to break into someone’s iPhone.
In the case of iPhone 5s with TouchID, the security researchers have made it seem like child’s play with the right tools to produce a fingerprint copy that validates TouchID! Hackers had already worked on this and produced a workaround for TouchID but SRL claims that their method is actually far easier.
The second video depicts how a thief can break into your iPhone by turning on the Airplane Mode first, then using bruteforce (or the TouchID vulnerability) to unlock the iPhone and then finally a set of procedures to lock you out of your email account and set up your iPhone as new!
If these videos are taken to heart by a wannabe thief desperate to get his hands on an iPhone, there’s going to be a lot of chaos.
Of course, the security researchers detail how Apple can fix these things, notably focusing on SIM unlock, passcode confirmation and the Airplane Mode in lockscreen/control center. You might want to check out some security measures you can take on your iPhone right away to prevent the risk.
It had been reported that iPhone thefts were the most prominent case of cellphone thefts in the US and that more iPhones are only adding to that statistic. A few measures can help you keep your iPhone safe.