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  • New Brute Force Tool Makes its Way Into Existence for Cracking Simple iCloud Passwords


    A new tool, dubbed iDict, has made it to GitHub thanks to a hacker that goes by the name of @Pr0x13. This new tool is supposed to be able to crack very simple iCloud passwords using the well-known brute force attack method. This means that the tool uses a word dictionary to attempt to guess a password over and over again until it finally guesses it.

    iDict pretends to be an iPhone device while trying to guess at your password an infinite number of times. Apple reportedly allows iPhone clients to guess at their iCloud passwords as many times as they want, while users of other methods to try and guess a password are locked out after a certain number of failed attempts.

    Citing 9to5Mac, the tool uses around 500 dictionary words that common passwords generally have in them. Since the tool only uses words, those with more complex passwords consisting of numbers and symbols, should be safe from this tool's usage.

    The person behind the tool released it in the hope to spread awareness to Apple of their security issue in a way that would elevate the urgency of the situation.

    This is something that Apple will have to fix on their end to protect their users' security. Unless you have an overly-simplified password, you should be safe from anyone attempting to use this tool, but this is a good reason to make sure that all of your passwords are secure and not just some overly-simplified and easy-to-guess word. This is a good time to strengthen your passwords.

    Sources: GitHub via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Brute Force Tool Makes its Way to Existence for Cracking Simple iCloud Passwords started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      Since the tool only uses words, those with more complex passwords consisting of numbers and symbols, should be safe from this tool's usage.
      doesnt apple make people use at least one number or symbol in passwords? this seems incredibly useless
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      doesnt apple make people use at least one number or symbol in passwords? this seems incredibly useless
      Only when making a new one. I know plenty of people without a number or symbol still.