iPhone passcode lock defeated in 2 minutes (Update: Debunked)

A Swedish developer's claims of defeating the iOS passcode lock in "2 minutes" is only true if the passcode is "0000" and if it doesn't use an A5 or A5X. Carry On.

[UPDATE 2012-0403: The legitimacy of Micro Systemation's claims below have been called into question. A post today on 9to5Mac, supported by prolific jail breaker Will Strafach (a.k.a. @chronic), asserts that Micro Systemation's claims of defeating the iPhone passcode lock in "two-minutes" is only true if a passcode is "0000." Strafach adds that the XRY tool cannot be used on devices using the A5 or A5X chip, including the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPad 3. The video has since been removed from the Micro Systemation website and the company has not replied to requests for comment.]

Think that your iPhone is safe because you've set a four-digit passcode lock?

Think again.

In a video (since removed), Swedish software developer Micro Systemation demonstrates how its XRY 6.2 software and hardware can detect and display an iPhone passcode in under two minutes.

The company sells its wares to clients in law enforcement and the military to access the devices of criminal suspects or military detainees and evaluate their personal information.

After exposing the iPhone's passcode XRY can also dump the its data to a PC, decrypt it, and display information like the user’s GPS location, files, call logs, contacts, messages, even a log of its keystrokes.

In addition to the iPhone, XRY 6.2 also supports the iPad and over 6,600 different mobile device profiles including smartphones, GPS receivers, 3G modems, portable music players and a variety of tablet computers.

On Android, the authorities can sometimes use "reverse smudge engineering" instead of expensive software and hardware tools.

Tip: Forbes

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