TechCrunch, the details of this “jailbreak tool” is not yet published publicly by the team of hackers who goes by the name “unc0ver”. However, the reports claim that this secret to unlock any iPhone cannot be “expected to last forever” and this will become public. The real question should be what can Apple do about it.
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To create a jailbreak tool, hackers look for security vulnerabilities in older iOS versions that were undisclosed by Apple. These vulnerabilities allow access to the core software of iOS. To keep it safeguarded, Apple doesn’t disclose such vulnerabilities even after some of them get fixed. The job of hackers is to find such undisclosed vulnerabilities that are not yet fixed. Surprisingly, the hackers have found one already in iOS 13.5, that has been just released.
There are several groups of hackers who keep working round the clock on finding such jailbreak tools. But once a jailbreak tool is used to unlock any iPhone, experts suggest that new vulnerabilities get discovered quickly and such devices are easily prone to data thefts.
What’s more scary is that hackers reportedly have also got access to pre-release versions of iOS 14, which would be announced in June ay WWDC 2020, “several months ago”.
For law enforcement agencies, unlocking an iPhone gets a bit trickier. A company named Grayshift which supplies a tool called GrayKey that can “guess” the passcode of any iPhone has launched another software called Hide UI, secretly in 2019. Now, the reason for working on another software to crack the passcode is due to the fact that using GrayKey to guess an iPhone passcode may take up to 11 hours.
Hide UI basically works more like a surveillance tool. The moment the police have zeroed on the suspects of a crime, they can use Hide UI to track whatever the suspect is typing on his iPhone, including the passcode.