iPhone Hacking 101: Removing Passcode and Encryption

By , Jul 25, 2009

While Apple is struggling to get the iPhone adopted by business users, some more problems come their way as iPhone hacker NerveGas found yet another security hole that can allow anyone with a little technical knowledge to bypass the passcode and access encrypted and protected information on your iPhone 3GS. You can see NerveGas hacking an iPhone 3GS in the video below.

Zdziarski said it’s just as easy to access a user’s private information on an iPhone 3GS as it was on the previous generation iPhone 3G or first generation iPhone, both of which didn’t feature encryption. If a thief got his hands on an iPhone, a little bit of free software is all that’s needed to tap into all of the user’s content. Live data can be extracted in as little as two minutes, and an entire raw disk image can be made in about 45 minutes, Zdziarski said.

If you’re an average iPhone user like me, chances are you don’t care much about this security hole. However, if you’re a business person, that can be a big thread to you.

Hey Apple, why don’t you stop worrying about the jailbreakers out there and start working on making the iPhone a more secured device?

Thank you David for sending this in.

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  • David

    Glad to contribute :-)

    • http://twitter.com/SherleyAnette Sherley Anette

      What;s the apps name?

  • Rn3sto

    Thx David.
    Now… where can you get that hacker from?!

  • Joanne

    I understand that this is for 3GS. Will it work for 3G? I’ve been trying everything to get into my business partner’s iPhone cos he passed away suddenly last Monday due to stroke. Nobody knew his passcode including his wife.

    I’d been trying to guess his passcode until the phone was disabled at one point. But, luckily, when I plugged the phone into his machine and connect to iTunes, the passcode screen was presented again and the phone was not disabled. I couldn’t do the click on emergency calls button, then double tap on the home screen as I believed he had the double tap set to the home screen and not the favourites.

    So, any clue to bypass the passcode is greatly appreciated. His wife is trying to get into his phone to get his bank account information and password.

    Thanks!

  • sayur

    this is real or lier