Recently released YouTube video demonstrates step-by-step process to bypass passcode to unlock iPhone 5
Due to an operating system flaw, data security for the iPhone 5 is on the rocks. Hackers can now watch the video, pick up a phone sensitive to the flaw and have access to user information.
The unique unlocking procedure has not yet been successful on Sprint or Verizon iPhone 4S’s running on iOS 6.1 and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) protocol as opposed to the more widely used Global System for Mobile communications (GSM). Referencing the video, to gain access to the phone’s contents, the hacker must initiate an emergency call and dial ‘112.’ The process is thought not to work on the Sprint or Verizon iPhone 4S’s because ‘112’ is not a recognized emergency number on these networks. (Entering 911 is thought to be a possible solution for North Americans.)
As of last week, Apple has reported its acknowledgment to the passcode lock flaw and have plans to fix the problem with a software update, but it is not specified when the update will be available.
This isn’t the first time Apple has had data security flaws in its devices. In early January of last year, a Passcode Lock flaw existed in the iPad, iPod and iPhone. A software update was also provided to fix these past problems. Not to mention in 2011, Apple accessories were literally being used against themselves. Apple Smart Covers for the iPad 2 were used like a magnet to prevent the phone from completely shutting down and allowed any passerby to access the most current application that was running when the iPad went to sleep mode. Click here to read the TechNews Daily article.
Because today’s workforce is increasingly mobile, the Apple iPhone presents a real issue in companies that have incorporated a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. A hacker is able to get their hands on a phone with sensitive company data, do a few tricks easily imitated from a YouTube video and VOILA! The hacker has access to contact list, calling app, voicemail and photos, all without entering the passcode. How will IT departments protect company data and personal employee information from being accessed if the device is simply left on a table for a few minutes?
Updating your Apple iOS device sooner rather than later is strongly recommended since the updates close security holes that had previously allowed data leaks. As soon as there is word of a data security issue, companies should encourage their employees, especially those in a BYOD program, to update their device in order to diminish chances of a future hijacking.
Data security is a pressing issue now considering YouTube videos have become the new consumers step-by-step guide to hacking. If hackers could conjure up this complex and very specific procedure, no operating system is safe.