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Hackers claim to have broken iCloud, iOS Activation Lock

updated 03:01 pm EDT, Wed May 21, 2014

Could reopen market for stolen iPhones, iPads

Two hackers from the Netherlands and Morocco claim to have found a critical vulnerability allowing them to break iCloud and the Activation Lock feature on iOS devices. The project is said to have taken five months, during which time they analyzed the data flowing between iPhones and iCloud. By spoofing iPhones into thinking they're connecting to Apple servers when they're really connected to a separate computer, the hackers say they can trick a device into undoing Activation Lock.

The exact technique hasn't been made public, but one of the hackers is denying suggestions that it involves exploiting an SSL bug. The pair states that they tried to approach Apple about the vulnerability in March, but got no response, prompting them to go public. The two add they have already unlocked some 30,000 iPhones in the last few days.

Apple has touted Activation Lock as a core feature of iOS 7. It should, in theory, prevent a thief from using an iOS device even if they restore it, unless they can obtain a person's Apple ID. If the technology has been defeated, that could potentially revive the black market for stolen iOS hardware.



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  1. ElectroTech

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 11-26-08

    They took 5 months to 'break' it and couldn't wait 2 months to tell the world about it rather than give Apple a chance to study it and respond?

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 11-15-06

    I don't know. How do you spoof an iPhone to think by connecting to a different server unless there's something already installed inside iPhone. Another word, a user had downloaded a spoof app on a hacked iPhone.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    They'd just connect to their own network and redirect traffic to their own server.

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