iPhone cloud hacking not that tricky

@ 2019/02/11
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Hackers do not seem to have any difficulty hacking into users iCloud accounts.

Motherboard's Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler found that iCloud users are vulnerable to a practice which removes a user's iCloud account from a phone so that they can then be resold.

They do this by phishing the phone's original owners, or scam employees at Apple Stores, which have the ability to override iCloud locks.

The other method - that is very labour intensive and rare - involves removing the iPhone's CPU from the Logic Board and reprogramming it to create what is essentially a "new" device.

Apparently, this is done in Chinese refurbishing labs and involves stealing a "clean" phone identification number called an IMEI.

Making matters more complicated is the fact that not all iCloud-locked phones are stolen devices -- some of them are phones that are returned to telecom companies as part of phone upgrade and insurance programmes.

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