Apple is quickly working on a fix for a just discovered simple trick in iOS 6.1 that allows anyone to bypass your phone’s lockscreen. According to Ricardo Bilton of The Verge:
“iO6 6.1 didn’t just open up the door for jailbreakers – it made life easier for iPhone thieves as well.
Via a frighteningly simple trick in iOS 6.1, thieves and other wrongdoers can bypass the iPhone’s lock screen, giving them access to contacts, voicemail, and even photos. The process, which you can see in the video below, takes only a few seconds and shouldn’t be hard for anyone with two hands to pull off.
The bug is almost identical to a similar one that appeared in iOS 4.1 back in 2010. In that bug, iPhone owners were able to bypass their phones’ lockscreens by calling a random emergency number then quickly hitting the hardware lock button twice.
The iOS 6.1 bug is at least the second one in iOS that’s made news in recent days. In another glitch, problems between iOS and Microsoft Exchange Server have created big headaches for iCal users.”
When it comes to security, it’s clear that testing must be continuous. Hackers are always coming up with new ways to break into software and devices, and this iOS 6.1 bug is a good example of that. Hopefully Apple will be able to come up with a quick fix for this rather worrisome lock screen bug.