Did you know: a new device called IP-Box can crack your 4-digit iPhone passcode in less than 17 hours


Smartphone security is an issue of paramount importance, and this is becoming more and more obvious as millions of people get smartphones and trust them with their personal emails, messages, photos, banking details and health data. However, when it comes to personal understanging, you fully realize how much sensitive data you have stored on that phone after you lose him or after it gets stolen.

Such stories of theft often come with revealing details, and here is one that comes fresh off a report about an alleged heroin dealer and his iPhone serving as the evidence. The judge refused evidence after prosecutors in New York confusingly claimed that the conflicting statements that the suspects iPhone could be hacked independently, while at the same time saying that Apple's help might be needed. Alongside with all that discussion, an interesting detail surfaced from U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent David Bauer who said that a new device called an IP box is the way to easily hack an iPhone's passcode.

Such devices are - as it turns out - easy to find to those who are looking, and cost $100 to $200. What they do is run through all the possible 4-digit code combinations on an iPhone to crack it in less than 17 hours. This makes it extremely easy to crack many people's phones, especially if those people have not taken the care to use the option for a 6-digit passcode or to allow the phone to erase all data after 10 failed attempts to enter the code.

The moral of this story is for us, end-users, to simply make sure we're using the best possible means of protection on our phones. The fingerprint scanner is a great start, and when asked about a backup PIN, it would be wise to use more than four digits and enable other safeguards against breaches into your personal space.

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14 Comments

1. SaintMarks

Posts: 20; Member since: May 25, 2015

Is this a fake "news" article to get more people to use a fingeprint scanner.

2. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

I'm not sure you got it right - if you use a fingerprint scanner it must be backed up by PIN - which is not safe if it is only 4 digits. So, use a better (longer) PIN instead!

7. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Yep! No point using a Fingerprint, the most secure type of lock, if you're going to back it up with a 4 digit pin code. My backup password is 13 alphanumeric digits!

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

A fingerprint is the least secure, even less so than a pin. Your fingerprint can be lifted off your device itself and be duplicated to fool your fingerprint sensor. The most secure method is an iris scanner such as on the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 xl as it is impossible to fool.

3. Proxy.from.Deep

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

For those "who kn ows" its a very old newz . these "boxes" apeared in times of ios7

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah and the point? It takes way too long (not to mention the new 6pin code). I can lock my device remotely in a minute the moment my phone goes missing from any internet source.

4. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

This news will be erased like never happened in the first place. Because it is American brands and it is Apple.

5. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

You must be joking, right!!! iPhone's security level is sky high!

6. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

China China

8. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

sounds like Apple Insider comment

9. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Guess not lol

10. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Er myyyy gewd .....durrrrr "iphones can't be hacked they're like unhackable" Lmfao... GG

11. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Guessing a PIN code is not hacking. However, Apple should have implemented the option to lock the phone after [number] of wrong attempts - e.g. 100

13. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Guessing a pin in this method is called brute force hacking.

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