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Another iPhone lock screen hack putting millions of phones at risk

Another iPhone lock screen hack putting millions of phones at risk

How difficult would it be for a hacker to crack your iPhone? If you've set a passcode on your device, you're probably thinking you're all set when it comes to security. But, think again.

It turns out that Apple's newest iOS versions have a vulnerability that leave your smartphone open to potential hacks.

The issue is found in iOS versions 8, 9, 10, and even the latest versions 10.2 and beta 3.

To access your phone, all a hacker would need to do is manipulate Siri and your phone's accessibility features. What's scary is that all of this can be done without entering a passcode, and can even trick your phone into bypassing the passcode verification altogether.

Let's say you've accidentally left your phone at a restaurant. With this hack, it's possible that whoever finds it could access your text messages, contacts, photos and possibly other private data you've stored.

The process isn't all that complicated, however, there are several steps the "hacker" would have to go through in order to bypass your passcode. But watch this video for an example of how it's done.

We've mentioned similar hacks before. Just back in September, there were reports of people using Siri to send text messages and listen to voicemails from someone else's phone.

However, this hack gives the intruder access to more of your private information, and even the names and phone numbers of anyone in your contacts.

If you don't want to take the risk, there is something you can do to prevent this from happening. You just have to disable the Siri feature whenever your phone is on the lock screen.

Here's how it's done:

Pull up your iPhone or iPad's Settings menu.


Enter your passcode.


Tap the toggle to turn Siri off.


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Source: ThreatPost
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