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Scary iPhone flaw lets anyone bypass passcode security

by Todd Haselton | November 18, 2016November 18, 2016 11:30 am PST

A new trick discovered by iDeviceHelp shows how one person, with two iPhones, can break into one of the devices without using a passcode. The video above shows how it’s done, but don’t expect the trick to last very long. Apple typically patches these things once they’re known, for the safety of all of us.

In any case, watch above as iDeviceHelp uses a combination of Siri, iMessage, FaceTime and other tricks to get into a locked iPhone’s contacts, camera roll and other sensitive files. It’s pretty crazy to think that the FBI paid good money to get into an iPhone earlier this year when flaws like these can provide some pretty personal information without requiring any sort of brute-force password attack.

Only use it for good

It goes without saying that you probably shouldn’t do this unless you’re locked out of your own phone. If you ever run into the situation where you’ve forgotten the passcode, and this process still works, then you’re in luck. Look for a patch soon, though.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...