Recently a video of someone hacking into an iPhone using Siri and accessing photos and contacts surfaced on YouTube. The hacker used a very simple -looking trick. Without having to type the passcode, the user asked Siri to search Twitter and when to do was open, he was able to use Apple’s 3D touch to access contacts and photos of the hacked iPhone. The problem appeared in iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The problem has been fixed since the video demonstrating the Siri exploit was uploaded.
Here is the video of someone hacking into an iPhone using Siri and accessing photos and contacts:
Many tech publications had been discussing this problem but according to the news doing the rounds on the Internet, it was first reported by The Independent.
As explained by the news report, you simply have to wake your phone up and ask the Siri personal assistant to search Twitter. You have to be selective about what sort of search you want Siri to carry out. But once you conduct a particular search, it brings up contacts data like an email address or phone number. Using the 3D that feature, you can initiate a menu allowing you to access the part that allows you to access the “Add to Existing Contact” menu option. Once you tap on this option, you are inside the contacts editing section where all the contacts are available.
From the contacts section itself, if you want to change the photo associated with a particular contact, you can gain access to the section that allows you to access all the photos. You can do all of this without having to type in your iPhone’s passcode. The video explaining how the person has hacked into the iPhone using Siri and easily accessed contacts and photos has gone viral since then.
Why just iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are vulnerable to such Siri-assisted hacking. It’s because right now only these iPhones from Apple have the 3D Touch capability. Additionally, the problem seemed to plague the iPhones running on iOS 9.3.1.
Incidentally, the same hacker who uploaded the above video was also able to use Siri and the Clock app to gain access of the iPhone back in September, 2015.