iOS 7.1 bug enables iCloud account deletion, disabling Find My iPhone, without password

Share this article:

A bug impacting iOS 7.1 could allow for a thief to delete an iCloud account and disable Find My iPhone without entering an Apple ID and password, as well as restore the device, because the Activation Lock meant to prevent all this from happening is deactivated.

Demonstrated in a video posted Wednesday, the bug appears to occur by simultaneously flipping the switch to turn off Find My iPhone and pressing the ‘delete account' button in the iCloud settings of the Apple device.

Following a restart, the iCloud account can be deleted and the iPhone can be restored.

The bug, which only works if the phone is logged in or not password protected, was demonstrated on an iPhone 4s in the YouTube video. Various comments suggest it may not work on iPhone 5 devices, and it does work on iPads.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

CryptoWall surpasses CryptoLocker in infection rates

CryptoWall surpasses CryptoLocker in infection rates

A threat analysis from Dell SecureWorks CTU says that CryptoWall has picked up where its famous sibling left off.

Professor says Google search, not hacking, yielded medical info

Professor says Google search, not hacking, yielded medical ...

A professor of ethical hacking at City College San Francisco came forward to clarify that he did not demonstrate hacking a medical center's server in a class.

Syrian Malware Team makes use of enhanced BlackWorm RAT

Syrian Malware Team makes use of enhanced BlackWorm ...

FireEye analyzed the hacking group's use of the malware, dubbed the "Dark Edition" of BlackWorm.