A little black box makes it easy to unlock almost any iPhone even when it's secured with your fingerprint
The International Business Times reports that for just £120, anyone on the internet can buy specialist hardware that lets them hack into even the newest iPhones.Here's how it works:
iPhones are designed to defend against bruteforce attacks. Its software automatically limits the number of guesses you have, and it's also possible to change the phone's settings to delete its contents after 10 failed guesses of its password. But the IP-BOX can break through all of that protection. It doesn't matter if you use iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint security - because even if you have Touch ID on, your phone can still be unlocked with your passcode alone.The IP-BOX gets around software limitations by connecting directly to the phone's hardware.
This photo shows the IP-BOX in action. The orange numbers on the box show the passcode that it's trying to enter:Websites sell them online for less than £120. There aren't any checks on who the buyer is, either. It doesn't matter whether you're a hacker intending to blackmail someone with their photos, or a legitimate smartphone repair shop owner, anyone can buy an IP-BOX.
In fact, you can pick one up on eBay.
The IP-BOX also struggles with Apple's 8.1.1 iOS update to its mobile operating system. That update patched a flaw that let devices like IP-BOXs hack into phones. But not every iPhone has been updated, and any iPhone 4 or older can't be updated to that release, leaving it vulnerable.To use an IP-BOX on an iPhone running iOS 8, you have to buy a special adaptor chip.
The £49.99 adaptor chip is just as easy to buy online as an IP-BOX:
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