A crime has been reported in which an iPhone peeped at a passcode is stolen and a bank account is illegally accessed
a passcode on smartphones such as the iPhone, you can prevent strangers from operating the terminal without permission even if the terminal is lost or stolen. However, it has been pointed out that entering a passcode to use a smartphone in public places leads to theft of smartphones and data leakage.
A Basic iPhone Feature Helps Criminals Steal Your Entire Digital Life - WSJ
Recent iPhone thefts highlight the danger of using passcodes in public - 9to5Mac
Apple Responds to Report About Thieves Spying on iPhone Passcodes to 'Steal Your Entire Digital Life' - MacRumors
When the Wall Street Journal interviewed victims of iPhone thefts in the United States, many all said their iPhones were stolen while they were in bars or other public places at night. I answered. Some victims have reported being assaulted or threatened during the theft.
Below is a video showing the reality of iPhone theft damage according to the Wall Street Journal. In the video, iPhone theft tricks, experiences, and countermeasures against theft are explained.
Apple's iPhone Passcode Problem: Thieves Can Ruin Your Entire Digital Life in Minutes | WSJ-YouTube
If a thief is looking at your iPhone's passcode entry screen, they can easily unlock your Apple ID password and ' Find My iPhone '.
If a thief is watching the moment you enter the passcode on the iPhone, even if Face ID of the face authentication system or Touch ID of the fingerprint authentication system is enabled, the terminal can be easily unlocked. put away. As a result, there is a risk that it will lead to secondary damage such as changing the Apple ID password and canceling 'Find My iPhone'.
iCloud Keychain, which allows you to manage multiple passwords with one passcode. In addition, if the iCloud Keychain is accessed, the victim's personal and confidential information may be leaked. That's why the Wall Street Journal says that stealing an iPhone 'could steal the victim's entire digital life.'
Furthermore, if the thief knows the passcode of the iPhone, it is possible to access the bank account via
These thieves typically operate in groups, with one person distracting the victim and the other looking into the passcode entry screen. A criminal organization in Minnesota, which was caught in the iPhone group theft, has 12 members stealing iPhones from 40 people, and the total damage is reported to be about 300,000 dollars (about 40 million yen). increase.
Thieves use violence and intimidation to obtain the passcode, as well as have friendly conversations with the target. At that time, the target person is guided to take out the iPhone and enter the passcode to unlock it. If the target unlocks with Face ID or Touch ID, which does not require the input of a passcode, the thief will demand 'show me a picture' etc., secretly turn off the power and return it to the target. . Since it is necessary to enter the passcode to unlock the iPhone after restarting, it is said that you will peek at the input screen at that time.
In response to these reports, an Apple spokesperson said, ``We sympathize with our users who have been victims of theft and take all attacks against our users very seriously. It's not enough to simply steal a user's device.' 'We will continue to secure iPhones to keep user accounts safe.'
The Wall Street Journal recommends ``Use Face ID or Touch ID in public as much as possible'', ``When you need to enter a passcode, hide the screen and enter it'', ``4 digits or It recommends switching from 6-digit passcodes to custom alphanumeric passcodes and using password managers like 1Password that don't include passcodes for sensitive passwords like bank accounts. .