Can a thief unlock iOS

Stolen iPhone: How to (not) bypass the iCloud lock ...

If you look at the situation, as VICE did, for example, then two things immediately catch your eye.

What to do with old iPhones

In the USA in particular, it is not uncommon for customers of cell phone providers to trade in old devices or to get a new smartphone from the cell phone provider every 12 or 24 months. He has an interest in ensuring that the devices work. But if the customer does not remove the iCloud lock, does he stay seated on it, or can it only be used as a spare part dispenser? The alternative would be to throw it away.

Not at all. And what about the following scenario? - You received an old iPhone from a friend or relative, but he can no longer remember the password and no longer has access to the email address?

In both situations, those involved “absolutely” want the device to work again. And if you are looking for solutions on the Internet, you will quickly encounter the gray area that we have already addressed in the introduction and which we will explain in more detail later.

Hands up and iCloud password please X 2

Since Apple gave its iPhones and iPads a security feature that can be linked to the cloud, the devices have become less interesting for robbers. But at the same time there are still figures today who make it easier for people to use iPhones and then ideally ask for the iCloud password.

Because that's the only way to really reset the device, isn't it? It didn't have to be VICE research. You can simply search Google to find out how to remove the “iCloud Lock”. Because there is a whole "business" that deals with it. They're hackers, but they're also henchmen. A system of people and programs who may want to find out the password of iPhone owners via phishing. You can even purchase special phishing kits online if you want.

I am you

Apple employees may be able to remove the iCloud lock. To do this, however, you must be able to identify yourself as an iPhone owner. To this end, invoices are falsified or people spy on iPhone owners. Sometimes technically, sometimes even in real life. If you feel that you are being watched in the Apple Store and you can't get rid of the feeling that data protection is not a priority because the people around you are hearing everything, maybe someone really wanted to spy on you. Or maybe not.

In fact, there are these people, some of whom even work with insurance companies or repair service providers. But there are also just curious people. You can't be absolutely sure about that. And if you leave notes on Facebook about what your first car was, when you were born or where you kissed your first girlfriend, you shouldn't be surprised if other people pretend to be you with this information. This “technology” is called social engineering, which in principle fills a gap text with information that every attentive observer can find free on the Internet today.

The three ways to get rid of iCloud

You can get rid of iCloud lock if you know the owner's password. Or, if they can prove that the iPhone is yours, an Apple representative can reset the device. And then there is a third option that is very labor-intensive and is still offered online. The processor is removed from the mainboard and reprogrammed with a new IMEI. It has happened before. However, these numbers are also stolen or calculated and there is a risk that at some point someone who buys a phone with this IMEI will discover that “someone else” is somehow handling this identification number.

End station: protected by password

But thieves have a harder game if the devices are additionally secured with a password and / or Touch ID / Face ID. Because you have to know that in order to be able to deactivate the iCloud lock in the first place. If both come together, it is possible that the devices are actually only used as a spare part dispenser and the previous owner, from whom it was stolen, is now using a replacement device.