iPhone 5 Glitch Enables People to See Your Photos, Contacts
It seems that the iPhone 5 passcode lock isn’t quite as hack-proof as you may have originally thought.
According to Adrian D’Urso of JailbreakNation, the iPhone 5 is quite easy to break into, once you get the hang of it. Once completed, the security flaw allows anyone to make phone calls, scroll through your call history, send emails and messages and even view and edit your contacts on your iOS 6.1 device.
On Thursday, D’Urso posted a YouTube tutorial of how to bypass the security credentials with a series of touchscreen manipulations.
As Foxnews.com explains it, “the method involves going to the emergency call screen, tapping the power button, dialing the GSM international emergency number 112 (or 911 for North American users), canceling, holding down the power button again for a second or two and hitting ‘Emergency Call’ again.” Note: It is recommended that you immediately cancel the emergency 911 call as it may cause you trouble.
The phone will then unlock for just a moment, giving you enough time to hit the home button. Once you do, a few seconds will pass and then you will have access to a number of things the owner wouldn’t want you to have — contact list, voicemail and photos to name a few.
It didn’t take long for the news to hit the front lines of the Apple security team.
“Apple takes user security very seriously,” an Apple spokesman said. “We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”
This hasn’t been the first occurrence of a passcode flaw on iOS devices. At one point, users could circumvent the iOS 5, iOS 5 and iPad 2 security pin by using the magnetic Smart Cover. However, Apple launched a quick two-week turnaround to fix each issue.
If you are seeing this problem on your phone, chances are Apple will patch this bug up within the next week or two.
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