Here’s How Easy it is to Crack Your iPhone’s Passcode [Video]

BY Jason

Published 28 Mar 2012

iPhone Passcode

If you thought that the data on your iPhone is secure because you’ve set the four-digit passcode, then check out the video after the break.

The video shows how easy it is for someone to crack iPhone’s passcode, dump the data to a computer, decrypt it and access data such as user’s GPS location, files, call logs, contacts, messages, even a log of its keystrokes.

Micro Systemation has developed an application called XRY that is used by law enforcement to access information from passcode protected iPhones and Android based smartphones of criminal suspects or military detainees.

Andy Greenberg of Forbes explains:

XRY works much like the jailbreak hacks that allow users to remove the installation restrictions on their devices, Dickinson says, though he wouldn’t say much about the exact security vulnerability that XRY exploits to gain access to the iPhone. He claims that the company doesn’t use backdoor vulnerabilities in the devices created by the manufacturer, but rather seeks out security flaws in the phone’s software just as jailbreakers do, one reason why half the company’s 75 employees are devoted to research and development. 

Dickinson claims that they have sold XRY to police departments in the US and UK, to the FBI and their biggest customer is the U.S military.

The concern is someone who has stolen your iPhone and has malicious intent could also use an application like XRY to get access to your personal information.

If you’re worried, then you can make it tougher to crack the passcode by using one that is long, has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers (Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock -> Turn off the Simple Passcode toggle -> enter a new passcode).