iPhone passcode scam! Attackers can steal your money this way

A new iPhone scam has just been flagged. It has to do with your iPhone passcode. This feature can potentially, be used to gain access to your phone to steal money and data. Here's how the iPhone attack happens.

| Updated on: Mar 02 2023, 15:15 IST
Women’s Day Gift Ideas: iPhone 13, AirPods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, more
iPhone 13
1/6 iPhone 13: After the launch of the iPhone 14 series, iPhone 13 is now more affordable than ever. What does it offer? The power of A15 Bionic chipset, dual 12MP camera performance, and long battery life. It is currently priced at Rs. 61999 on Amazon and Flipkart.  (HT Tech)
image caption
2/6 Apple AirPods Pro: It is a great tech gift option this International Women's Day. Apple also offers an engraving option, which gives these AirPods a personalized touch. It is available on Amazon for Rs. 26900. (HT Tech)
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
3/6 Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: A smartwatch is a great gift for women who are always on the go. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 offers amazing features, including a period tracker and continuous SPO2 sleep measures, and a lot more. It is priced at Rs. 34999. (Amazon)
image caption
4/6 PLAYFIT SLIM2C: Looking for an affordable smartwatch? Check this PLAYFIT SLIM2C priced at just Rs. 3999. It comes as a Bluetooth-based CALLING smartwatch with a 1.3-inch circular dial with 500 nits brightness.  (www.theworldofplay.com)
image caption
5/6 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera: It can help you capture your loved ones’ happy moments in more detail. Use a close-up lens at a distance of 35–50 cm to produce a perfect shot. It is priced at Rs. 7696.  (Fujifilm)
image caption
6/6 Samsung Galaxy S22: The list doesn't end here! If you are looking for an Android flagship smartphone, then Samsung's last year flagship is now available at just Rs. 52989 on Flipkart. It is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and features a 50MP+10MP+12MP camera setup. (HT Tech)
View all Images
iPhone passcode is being used to steal user’s data and money. (Unsplash)

Even though iPhones are considered one of the most secure smartphones that you can buy today, nothing in this world Is 100% safe. No matter how much you protect your device by using biometric security or PIN, if someone sees you enter your password, things can take a turn for the worse. This scam is doing the rounds especially in the US, according to a report by Wall Street Journal.

How does the attack take place?

Attackers are using iPhone passwords to gain access to user's personal data and even financially duping them. The scam involves an attacker (or a group of attackers) who keep a watchful eye on your iPhone while you're out and about in public. They get a peek at your iPhone while you're entering your passcode. Now, your iPhone might have TouchID or FaceID enabled, but the passcode is a failsafe method in case you're not able to login. The attacker then snatches your iPhone while you're not paying attention and he can gain access to your phone in a matter of seconds and log you out of other connected devices such as your Macbook or iPad.

Your iPhone is then open to any illicit activity such as gaining access to your financial information via banking apps installed on your device and even having open access to your personal data.

Not sure which
mobile to buy?


According to the Wall Street Journal report, instances of such attacks taking place have been reported in New York, Austin, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis and as far as London. In some instances, the attacker first befriends the victim and asks them to open a social media app. The attacker then proceeds to borrow the phone for capturing a photo, and simply restarts the iPhone, which then requires a passcode to open.

In Minnesota, a criminal gang managed to dupe a person of nearly $300,000 via this technique. Sergeant Robert Illetschko, lead investigator on the case, told WSJ, “It's just as simple as watching this person repeatedly punch their passcode into the phone. There's a lot of tricks to get the person to enter the code.”

Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

First Published Date: 02 Mar, 15:02 IST