iOS Glitch Updates: Newest Apple System Allows Hackers To Bypass Locked Screen & Obtain Vital Data?

By Yang Llaneza , Updated Nov 20, 2016 12:10 PM EST
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Apple disclosed iOS 10 as the future operation system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on June 13, 2016. The company, however, officially released the operating system to the public three months later on September 13, 2016.

iPhone users have encountered a problem with the famed operating system. Users discovered a lock screen glitch that allows hackers to access the owner's personal data. The glitch was revealed by iDeviceHelp, which shared the video and explained in detail how the glitch happens. Via the hack, the lock screen can be bypassed easily, thus enabling unhampered access to the user's protected data, like message logs, photos, contacts and much more.

The phone must be a Siri-enable device. The hacker needs to call the phone they want to gain access first. If the number is unknown to the hacker, it can just simply ask Siri the question, who am I. The phone number, can also be obtained by making a FaceTime call to the device. The next step is to go to Message Option in the screen and choose Custom. This will open a screen where one can respond a call with a message. The hacker can then instruct Siri to turn the voice over on.

The subsequent steps require proper timing. The contact info bar must be double-tapped and hold the second tap on the bar. While doing this, the hacker must immediately click on the keyboard. Through this, by typing the first letter of the contact's name, and the info button following the contact, hackers will now have access on the information about the contact. During these steps, the phone remains locked.

The process was applied by AppleInsider to iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus. However, the glitch cannot work on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Techs are suspecting that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have slightly altered keyboard invocation timing. The testers have already reported the defect to Apple.

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