A potentially high risk security flaw in iOS 6.1 allows anyone to access your iPhone even if the screen lock is enabled. This opens up your device for anyone to access your data, modify your contacts or even listen to your voicemail. How is it done? All you have to do to gain access is to make and immediately cancel an emergency call while holding down the power button twice.
This relatively simple hack was posted over at YouTube by a person going by the handle videosdebarraquito. This isn’t the first time that a bug of this nature has hit the iPhone. The previous iOS 4.1 update also allowed anyone to bypass the lock screen easily.
No matter how complex your lock screen passcode is it can still be easily bypassed with a press of a few buttons in sequence. This security flaw greatly affects the enterprise user as an unauthorized individual can easily gain access to the company data.
Apple is already aware of this issue and promised to address it soon. A spokesperson of the company was quoted as saying “Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”
In other related news the iOS 6.1 is also responsible for shortening the iPhone and the iPad battery life. The main cause of this is that the device seems to aggressively ping the Microsoft Exchange server which takes a toll on the battery. Apple has released a statement regarding this saying that “When you respond to an exception to a recurring calendar event with a Microsoft Exchange account on a device running iOS 6.1, the device may begin to generate excessive communication with Microsoft Exchange Server,” Apple stated. “You may notice increased network activity or reduced battery life on the iOS device.”
The company has already identified a fix for this problem and will be releasing it in a future update.