Security Threat: There’s a bug in iOS 7

A 36 year old soldier in the Canary Islands, Jose Rodriguez, has uncovered a significant area of vulnerability in Apple’s latest iOS release.The inclusion of the ‘control centre’ within the lock screen has unwittingly allowed for a loophole that allows potential thieves to bypass the passcode lock.Anyone can navigate their way to the email, twitter, photos and more of the iPhone…

By Eryk Bagshaw

A 36 year old soldier in the Canary Islands, Jose Rodriguez, has uncovered a significant area of vulnerability in Apple’s latest iOS release.

The inclusion of the ‘control centre’ within the lock screen has unwittingly allowed for a loophole that allows potential thieves to bypass the passcode lock.

Anyone can navigate their way to the email, twitter, photos and more of the iPhone owner by simply swiping up from the lock screen to open the control centre and opening the alarm clock. Pressing and holding the sleep button at the top of the phone brings up the power off option, hitting cancel and double tapping the home button will bring you to the multitasking screen where a bevy of apps including emails will be available to the intruder.

It’s a remarkably simple workaround for anyone intent on stealing personal information. Apple has said that they are aware of the issue and ‘will deliver a fix in a future software update.’

For now, avoid the security risk by removing the ‘control centre’ option from your lock screen by entering the settings menu and selecting control centre options.

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