Security Researchers Discover Issue with Control Center's Airplane Mode Shortcut
When iOS 7 was released, many people found the addition of an easily accessible control panel for turning on features such as Wi-Fi, brightness and Airplane Mode from the iPhoneís lock screen as a welcome addition to iOS 7. Unfortunately, it isnít as great as everyone had made it out to be as a group of German security researchers recently discovered that the feature may provide a backdoor for thieves to break into your phone.
The Control Center shortcut for Airplane Mode can be used for a workaround which can be seen in the video below:
If executed correctly, the workaround gives the thief time to spoof your fingerprint to bypass the iPhone 5S touchID reader. Although spoofing a fingerprint doesnít seem as easy as it sounds, itís still a risk that iPhone 5S users should be aware of. The process still requires a high degree of skill that your common iPhone thief probably doesnít have.
Despite that, itís only a few weeks into the iPhoneís release and as time goes on, these methods will become more refined and easier to pull off. Fortunately we do have a world of security professionals who continue to keep an eye out and point out issues such as these. Ultimately, just to be on the safe side, the best way to keep your iOS device protected is to just not lose it or let it get in the wrong hands in the first place.