One of the key security features of iOS 7 was Activation Lock, a feature hailed by US officials New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. But it seems like there is a bug that allows users to bypass this security feature if they grab your phone. And they can do it quickly and easily (via FSM).
You may already know that to enable Activation Lock, you need to turn on Find My iPhone on the device. For that, you need an Apple ID, and when you’re signed in and Find My iPhone is turned on, you automatically enable Activation Lock.
To bypass this security feature, a thief has to do only a couple of things:
– grab your iPhone;
– go to iCloud and try turn off Find My iPhone;
– when prompted for a password, turn the device off;
He will now find the “Find My iPhone” is turned off for a couple seconds. During that time, they can delete the accounts, which bypasses Activation Lock.
The iPhone then can be restored as a new iPhone.
The good news is: this happens only if you didn’t protect your iPhone with a passcode. So, if you haven’t yet done so, choose a passcode now!