It is possible to purchase a small box that costs $500 that can hack the passcode of an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with minimum effort, using a loophole in iOS 10 and 11 beta, researchers said.
The bug allows the device and dedicated software to launch a brute force attack and crack the password during the flashing process of iOS, which can end up triggered by a third-party application without the need for the passcode.
The $500 device comes with just the minimum requirements, like USB, micro USB, and Lightning ports, and can hack 3 different iPhones at the same time, said researchers in a video at EverythingApplePro.
Cracking the passcode is a process that can take anywhere from 1 minute to several days, depending on password complexity.
On the other hand, given that it uses a loophole in iOS, there’s a good chance Apple will patch it with a software update, though in the past the company hasn’t rushed into releasing fixes for security issues discovered in its operating system.
But with iOS 11 just around the corner, as it’s expected to go live the next month, Apple is more likely to release a patch, also because more devices like this one could hit the market at lower prices.