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  • New Service Bypasses Apple's Activation Lock Security Feature


    A new service from the smartphone unlocking company, ChronicUnlocks, is offering iPhone users the ability to remove Apple’s activation Lock security feature that the company first introduced in iOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Activation Lock, a security feature that Apple announced alongside iOS 7, is supposed to be a theft deterrent. It does this by making it harder for lost and stolen devices to be reactivated on the second hand market. The feature accomplishes this by linking a device’s activation to the user’s iCloud account. Since its launch Activation Lock has been credited by the police as helping reduce iPhone theft in some cities but there are some legitimate cases where users are unable to remove the Activation Lock.

    Currently, devices that are sold on the second hand market with Activation Lock enabled can only be disabled by following Apple’s steps to remove the feature using the original owner’s iCloud info. The Cupertino California company’s advice is to make sure the feature is switched off before purchasing it but this doesn’t do much for users with used iPhones in hand and now way to contact the original owner. Users that lose access to their Apple ID account could also be stuck with a legally purchased device they can’t unlock. The Apple support documents note that “if you forget your password and cannot reset it, you will lose access to your Apple ID and may be unable to use or reactivate your device.”

    According to the service, it won’t remove the Activation Lock for devices that have been put in “Lost Mode” – a feature of Apple’s “Find My iPhone” app that Apple recommends enabling when a device is lost or stolen. It’s unclear exactly how it might detect other stolen devices without the feature enabled though.

    Source: Chronic Unlocks via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Service Bypasses Apple's Activation Lock Security Feature started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Durb1n's Avatar
      Durb1n -
      Let's hope that they stick to the not unlocking if lost mode enabled.


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    1. Rob_1980's Avatar
      Rob_1980 -
      Wont be long, somebody will realise how it done, and release the method.
      Apple will no doubt be looking for a new solution to make it secure again, cat and mouse game, probably always will be....
    1. Durb1n's Avatar
      Durb1n -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob_1980 View Post
      Wont be long, somebody will realise how it done, and release the method.
      Apple will no doubt be looking for a new solution to make it secure again, cat and mouse game, probably always will be....
      Yes undoubtably but this will always be the case with technology the same as chip and pin


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    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      ...I was hoping for more details on how it works instead of a rundown on the activation lock feature itself...


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    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      ...I was hoping for more details on how it works instead of a rundown on the activation lock feature itself...


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      I doubt they want to release that information so thieves can't use it.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      But, all you got to do is restore it while in DFU mode...I don't understand the purpose of this...


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    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      But, all you got to do is restore it while in DFU mode...I don't understand the purpose of this...


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      AFAIK You still can't bypass it even after a DFU restore. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong?
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by docmagoo2 View Post
      AFAIK You still can't bypass it even after a DFU restore. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong?
      Nah, I bought an iPod off Craigslist that was locked like this and all I did was restore in DFU mode...


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    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      But, all you got to do is restore it while in DFU mode...I don't understand the purpose of this...


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      No if you restore you will still need the icloud password after.


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    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      No if you restore you will still need the icloud password after.


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      Like I said, I restored in DFU mode an iPod 5th gen I got on Craigslist and it worked just fine


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    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      I think this tool is a bad idea. All this is going to do is help thieves with stolen devices. I know many iphone users that are not very tech savvy and wouldn't even know how to log into icloud to put the phone in lost mode. They don't even know that such a feature exists. And in their eyes if its lost, or even stolen, its just gone. And with a tool like this id say a thief probably has about a 60% chance of a successful activation lock bypass. I know Will at @ChronicUnlocks has always been about legitimacy when it comes to carrier unlocks so hopefully he will rethink releasing this service.

      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      Like I said, I restored in DFU mode an iPod 5th gen I got on Craigslist and it worked just fine


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      Well then your mistaken on what an icloud user activation lock is. Your probably mistaken it with an incorrect passcode lock entered too many times. With an activation lock a DFU restore will get you absolutely nowhere. The device is linked to a user no matter how many times you DFU restore.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      I think this tool is a bad idea. All this is going to do is help thieves with stolen devices. I know many iphone users that are not very tech savvy and wouldn't even know how to log into icloud to put the phone in lost mode. They don't even know that such a feature exists. And in their eyes if its lost, or even stolen, its just gone. And with a tool like this id say a thief probably has about a 60% chance of a successful activation lock bypass. I know Will at @ChronicUnlocks has always been about legitimacy when it comes to carrier unlocks so hopefully he will rethink releasing this service.



      Well then your mistaken on what an icloud user activation lock is. Your probably mistaken it with an incorrect passcode lock entered too many times. With an activation lock a DFU restore will get you absolutely nowhere. The device is linked to a user no matter how many times you DFU restore.
      Eh, idk maybe. I don't really care. I don't got that problem so lol


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    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      It depends on if they have find my iPhone on or not.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I just did a DFU to upgrade to 7.1.2. I forgot to sign out. I had to enter my account info before I could go any farther. Why they would offer this service is beyond me.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      I hope apple get a take down order! There is no reason for this as if you are selling your iphone or iPad you would remove your iCloud account! Only purpose for this service is stolen devices


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    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Kinda weird that @chronic (from ChronicDevTeam) would release this except for making money...

      Don't get me wrong, it's cool that he figured it out BUT it's not cool that he's now providing a way for thieves to circumvent the security that we've found comfort in.

      All for a few bucks...

      Sellout!
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      I hope apple get a take down order! There is no reason for this as if you are selling your iphone or iPad you would remove your iCloud account! Only purpose for this service is stolen devices


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      They wont allow stolen or lost devices


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    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      At $150 for the service, it devaluates a stolen iPad by this much. A person choosing to buy a stolen iPad would need to set aside money to get the iCloud service unlocked.
    1. ugotpwned5's Avatar
      ugotpwned5 -
      I do not think services of this kind should ever exist. Bad.....bad. :'(


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    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      They wont allow stolen or lost devices


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      So who is the service aimed at??


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