Apple Still Vulnerable to Brute Force Attacks

Remember The Fappening? A hack that will go down in infamy. A hack that left so many fans thanking the heavens, so many celebutantes overexposed, most of us in shock, and the gullible believing this was acceptable.


As you may recall, suddenly there were celebrities nude pics everywhere. Pics that were to be private, that were thought to be securely tucked away, we’re suddenly out in the open, being spread out on discussion boards and saved to the computers of cybersurfers everywhere.

The hackers made it known they had hacked in to Apple’s iCloud, which was of course denied at first by Apple. It was later discovered it was a brute force attack. Which should have never happened. We all expect that when we put in the wrong password a number of times, you get locked out right? Well, apparently not here. In fact, Apple’s response was something along the lines that their security was not broken, that it worked just as it should have.

I guess iCloud users were using it wrong.

But surely Apple learned from this right? Apple took their usual stance which is to deny any wrongdoing, and blame the user while they’re at it. But surely, someone there recognized that pictures that were supposedly tucked safely away on iCloud, and were now on the hard drives of thousands of eyes that should have never seen them, was a tad problematic. Surely, going forward, Apple wouldn’t get hit like this again right?

A brute force attack? Again? Hardly!

Except it’s happening again.

This time it’s with the iPhone instead of the iCloud. MDSec  learned of a nifty little gadget called an IP box. And with this little $200 box, you can brute force a pin locked iPhone. Even if the iPhone is set to “erase data after 10 attempts”. By cutting power after the attempt, the phone allows as many attempts as it takes for the IP box to find the right code.

They even provided a video of it working.

Oh Apple! Again?

But I’m sure that once again this isn’t Apple’s fault. Once again their security has not been broken. Once again it is the user’s fault. Why, they should have never had their phone stolen!

They should have had their phone tucked safely in their pocket!

Oh… nevermind. Can’t do that either. Y’know… the bending and exploding and stuff.


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