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iPhone 13 Pro hacked in JUST 1 second!

A white hat hacker from Pangu Labs managed to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro remotely in around a second.
A white hat hacker from Pangu Labs managed to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro remotely in around a second. (HT Tech)

A white hat hacker in China has managed to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro remotely in a record time of 1 second.

Apple sells the iPhone on the promise of privacy and security at the highest levels. The latest iPhone 13 models only further that with the latest iOS 15 onboard. However, a white hat hacker in China has proven that iPhones are as vulnerable to attacks as Android counterparts; that too the latest iPhone 13 series. The iPhone 13 Pro got hacked in 1 second!

First reported by ITHome, at the fourth “Tianfu Cup” International Network Security Competition in China, a white hat hacker from Pangu Labs managed to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro remotely in around a second. All the hacker needed was the user to click a link on the device and the process was underway. The hacker managed to get access of the highest levels on this jailbroken iPhone 13 Pro remotely and could even wipe out all data.

iPhone 13 Pro hacked in 1 second in China

After the iPhone was jailbroken, the hacker was able to access all of the user’s information easily. The white hat hacker managed to gain access to the photo albums and apps on the device. It was also possible to delete the data remotely.

iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Pro Max (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

Apple sells the iPhone on the promise of privacy and security at the highest levels. The latest iPhone 13 models only further that with the latest iOS 15 onboard. However, a white hat hacker in China has proven that iPhones are as vulnerable to attacks as Android counterparts; that too the latest iPhone 13 series. The iPhone 13 Pro got hacked in 1 second!

First reported by ITHome, at the fourth “Tianfu Cup” International Network Security Competition in China, a white hat hacker from Pangu Labs managed to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro remotely in around a second. All the hacker needed was the user to click a link on the device and the process was underway. The hacker managed to get access of the highest levels on this jailbroken iPhone 13 Pro remotely and could even wipe out all data.

iPhone 13 Pro hacked in 1 second in China

After the iPhone was jailbroken, the hacker was able to access all of the user’s information easily. The white hat hacker managed to gain access to the photo albums and apps on the device. It was also possible to delete the data remotely.

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The vulnerability arose out of the Safari browser and iOS kernel, which led to attacks possible on the iOS device. The horrifying part is that all of the attack was happening in the background and there was now way for the user to know his/her phone was compromised.

It wasn’t specified as to whether this particular iPhone 13 Pro unit was running on an older version of iOS 15 or with the latest patches installed. It has been only a month since Apple released iOS 15 for the masses and there have already been a couple of updates to fix reported issues.

A hack of this nature also goes on to show that no matter what device you use, it is always a good idea to not click on malicious links sent via SMS messages or from dodgy website. As the white hat hacker demonstrated, a cyberattack can take place in the background and the victim might now even know it’s happening.

The iPhone 13 series and all older iPhone models on iOS 15 are set to get the iOS 15.1 update next week that brings support for the new AirPods 3rd Generation.

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