iPhone Hacker Releases Master Key For Hacking Out In The Wild; iPhone Owners Should Now Brace Themselves For Forthcoming PerilsBy Pretty Abegail Pacilan, UniversityHerald Reporter
It may seem like iPhone owners should now brace themselves for upcoming dangers as the software to hack open security features for iPhones has eventually landed in the wrong hands. It is now leaked online ripe for the picking.
It can be recalled that Apple has already foreseen and feared of this scenario to come when FBI asked the company to build a backdoor to the iPhone last year, of which the company has refused to do. The FBI wants the company to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, to help them with their investigation of Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the 2015 attacks in San Bernardino, Express reported.
Due to Apple's refusal to make such software, the FBI has reportedly sought help with an Israeli firm Cellebrite specializing in mobile security to unlock the mobile phone without Apple's help. Unfortunately, the hacker released some of the stolen data online and reiterating what Apple CEO Tim Cook cautioned to happen if the Cupertino company build the iOS backdoor.
Now that the software is released in the wild, it now presents endless security dangers for iPhone owners. Although Cellebrite denied the hacker's claim of acquiring codes relating to Cellebrite's Universal Forensic Extraction Device or UFED, responsible of cracking an iPhone 5C or older, as well as Android and Blackberry devices, it never negates the fears it has created to iPhone owners today.
As of press time there has not been any statement from Apple yet regarding the leaked code, however, Cook's statement last year about iOS backdoor remains a fact worthy to be pondered upon. Cook compared the software equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks, from restaurants, banks, stores and even homes.
Meanwhile, security experts have also identified dozens of iPhone apps today that are vulnerable to hackers. Experts claimed that with these apps hackers could easily gain access to sensitive data including banking details, News reported.
Seventy-six apps are vulnerable to attacks including popular iPhone apps like FirstBank PR Mobile Banking, Uconnect Access, Epic, and other add-on apps for Snapchat users. Experts warned iPhone users to use these apps with caution, if valuing their security is their utmost priority.