This is disappointing. We've shared a few iOS bugs that were allowing hackers to bypass the lock screen, but now there's another issue that lets them bypass the Activation Lock feature.
Activation Lock probably isn't a term that you're familiar with. It's not something you use every day, but when you do need it, it's critical that it works.
The Activation Lock is there for when you lose your iPhone or iPad. It's part of the "Find My iPhone" feature and lets you shut down your device if it's out of your possession. Or, you can even use the feature to wipe your phone clean if you think you won't recover it.
A vulnerability was discovered within iOS that lets hackers confuse your phone by overwhelming it with several fake characters in the password section of the login.
This is called "stuffing." There is no limit on the number of characters that can be entered into this field, so the hackers simply use it to create a glitch.
After the password field has been stuffed with characters, the hacker turns the device end-over-end, confusing the gadget even more.
The combination of these two acts will eventually crash the screen, giving the hacker a few seconds to hit the Home button and access your device.
Here's how to stop it
The good news about this particular hack is that it's only feasible if you've lost your phone or tablet. As long as you keep your gadgets in your possession, you should be OK.
Apple still needs to issue a patch for this bug, and once it does, be sure to install the update.
It's important to note that your device doesn't have to be lost or stolen for someone to try and hack into it. Click here to see common security risks every smartphone user should know about.