Exclusive: Security firm says iPhone bug can thwart device wiper

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AlkalineState wrote:

Apple used to brag they had stronger security than Windows. Mostly it was because they were a nobody by comparison. Now that they’re a somebody again….. the joke is on Apple. The nuts are coming out of the woodwork to take them down a notch. And the nuts always win. Just ask Microsoft.

Oct 03, 2013 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
VascoDeGama wrote:

it’s not a bug, it’s an extra “feature” brought to you by your loving gubmint NSA!….

Oct 04, 2013 8:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Hi. Let’s first get a disclosure about how many put options you own on AAPL.

Oct 04, 2013 8:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wyrdless1 wrote:

The NSA probably added the security flaw. They added security flaws all over the internet.

I guess they need to add bugs to the software to keep us safe from the hackers…. who exploit bugs in the software.

That to me is the ultimate proof that the NSA isn’t about security or anything like that. It is about power. They don’t care at all about cyber security. In fact they actively make america vulnerable to hackers as a matter of national security policy

Oct 04, 2013 10:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MethodicJon wrote:

This report from the security firm is really pointless. Any iPhone can be put into “Airplane mode” by removing the SIM card and to prevent the iPhone from joining a WiFi network, immediately putting it into a signal blocking bag, which are easy to buy.

Then you can just take many hours to rebuild the fingerprint (which by the way had to be from the correct finger).

Once you have the fingerprint, pull the phone out of the signal blocking bag, in a place there is no WiFi and you can unlock the phone.

This is like announcing that a bank could be robbed. It’s possible, could happen, but nothing that isn’t common sense.

The bottom line here is that a fingerprint is better than no security code. A four digit can be cracked by someone in 2 mins. which is much faster than building a copy of a fingerprint.

With Activation Lock enabled, someone who’s found or stolen your device can’t disable Find My [iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch] or re-activate the device without knowing both your Apple ID and that Apple ID’s account password.

Oct 04, 2013 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MethodicJon wrote:

This report from the security firm is really pointless. Any iPhone can be put into “Airplane mode” by removing the SIM card and to prevent the iPhone from joining a WiFi network, immediately putting it into a signal blocking bag, which are easy to buy.

Then you can just take many hours to rebuild the fingerprint (which by the way had to be from the correct finger).

Once you have the fingerprint, pull the phone out of the signal blocking bag, in a place there is no WiFi and you can unlock the phone.

This is like announcing that a bank could be robbed. It’s possible, could happen, but nothing that isn’t common sense.

The bottom line here is that a fingerprint is better than no security code. A four digit can be cracked by someone in 2 mins. which is much faster than building a copy of a fingerprint.

With Activation Lock enabled, someone who’s found or stolen your device can’t disable Find My [iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch] or re-activate the device without knowing both your Apple ID and that Apple ID’s account password.

Oct 04, 2013 11:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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