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Hackers could find the time they need with iOS 7 Control Center’s Airplane

October 4, 2013

Don Reisinger reporting the new exploit found by a German firm SR Lab:

Here’s how the scenario could play out: a hacker steals an iPhone running iOS 7. As soon as they get their hands on the locked device, they open Control Center from the lock screen and turn on Airplane Mode. From there, they set out to break into the device and change Apple ID passwords to prevent the owner from accessing the device.

The turning on of Airplane Mode is the important function in this scenario. Having easy access to Airplane Mode in iOS 7 effectively takes the device offline, eliminating the owner’s ability to find out where the iOS device is and remotely wipe it. That provides hackers with the time they need to break into the device.

It’s funny how a convenient feature, the one we bitched about in the past, is now can be used for our own disadvantage.

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