Date: Monday, February 18th, 2013, 08:52
Category: Hack, News, security, Software
The hackers get the last laugh this time around.
Per The Mac Observer, the jailbreak community has beat Apple to the punch with its own solution to an iOS 6.1 bug that could give someone access to your iPhone without knowing your passcode. The app, dubbed “disableEmergency”, removes the Emergency Call button from the lock screen, which effectively removes one of the steps needed to break into your iPhone.
The security flaw requires several steps involving swipes, taps and button presses in the right order, afterwhich your contacts, schedule, and email are acessible.
Removing the Emergency Call button from the lock screen means calling for police or fire assistance will require dialing the emergency number yourself, so hacking your iPhone just to avoid a difficult to perform process may be a little extreme, especially since Apple has promised that a fix is on the way.
disableEmergency is free and available through the Cedia installer.
If you’ve tried the disableEmergency app and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.