$170 device cracks iPhone passcodes in 6 seconds to 17 hours

Amid all of the current talk about whether government law enforcement agencies should be able to legally force Apple to unlock an iPhone in order to look for evidence, there is a machine available now that will unlock an iPhone by finding the four-digit passcode used to lock down the handset. And this device costs only $170 at London's Fone Fun Shop...
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43. AlikMalix unregistered

I still haven't seen proof that the Feds actually broke into - fovernemnt face saving at its best.

57. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why don't you call them. They claimed they got in, either you believe them or you don't. Personally we don't care what you believe. Obviously Apple believes they did because Tim Cook says he wants to know what they did to get access so they can patch the hole that was used. Any code can be cracked. John McAfee said he would have done it for free. No phone is impossible to crack. No OS is impossible to crack. After all, how are jailbreaks possibly. Why are you under this impression that iOS is somehow uncrackable. Apple made the software. Apple I am 100% sure, no matter what Tim Cook claims, could access any iPhone. After all it would be impossible to create code and not have a backdoor. You think Android doesn't have a backdoor that google can use? You think Windows doesn't have a backdoor that Microsoft can use? You think Unix/Linux doesn't have a backdoor? How about OSX? One backdoor was used where launching a code in OSX would wipe the whole OS while it was running. isnt that some type of backdoor? After all such a code would require Administrator/Root access to the data. ISNT THAT A BACKDOOR? All software is hackable. Even a military computer can be hacked even if it takes years. All you need to hack any computer is "TIME". Also, the NSA as we know thanks to Snowden stated, the NSA has a way to gain metadata from any GSM capable phone. They can even operate the camera remotely providing they can get the bug onto the phone they want access too. Just remember, any tech we have, the Government had first. Trust me they have a backdoor in anything. After all who controls what carriers can and can't do? FCC. Who is that? It is a private corporation, hired by the US Government, just like the FBI, FAA, FDA and IRS. They are equally all crooked. But I actually feel Tim Cook was being honest in his stance as to why he did not co-operate.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This news should lead more users to opt for a six digit or alphanumeric passcode for tighter security. But there could be other ways to access such devices too.

14. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Similar news was posted by PA months ago. Solution: use a 6-digit passcode or a word passcode instead!!

25. xq10xa

Posts: 803; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Someone send this over to the FBI. Give them an upgrade on their tech.

26. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

iOS 7 and below, but yeah, this is what we know now, I'm pretty sure there are people out there that know of ways to break into iOS 9.3 or latest android for that matter.

29. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Of course. If something can be assembled it can be taken apart. Nothing is bullet proof.

30. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

32. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

these boxes don't count towards 'attempts' last I checked, that's the whole point of those boxes, plug in and break.

40. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

But, but simplicity...

36. redmd

Posts: 1892; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Haha. It's just brute force.

44. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Anyone else notice the 3rd image? Did iPhonearena just google "muslim couple" and pick that as the image of the terrorist? 'Cause that guy looks nothing like the Farook I've been seeing in the news: http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2015/12/terrorist-plot-syed-raheel-farook-san-bernardino-shooter/

58. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

After all of Apple's bragging about security and fighting the government this is all it takes! I guess I better keep my BB Passport for when I really need security. I already know Android security is really a joke.

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