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Apple kills activation lock check, possible dirty stolen device hack

Apple kills activation lock check, possible dirty stolen device hack Apple kills activation lock check, possible dirty stolen device hack
Eleena Tovar | 05 Febrero, 2017, 12:34

Without further notice, Apples recently removed pulled down its iCloud Activation Lock website, the fastest way to check if an iPhone is stolen or not.

Activation Lock, first introduced with iOS 7 in 2013, is enabled automatically when a user turns on their device's Find My iPhone feature.

Cupertino's shuttered iCloud activation lock feature allowed users to check if a second-hand device was registered and locked to a previous owner, a security measure that renders devices unusable unless the owner's username and password are entered.

The hack may also explain recent cases of people's new iPhones being already tied to someone else's Apple ID. For those who don't know, in order to erase an iPhone, you must head to Settings / General / Reset / Erase All Content and Settings.

Interestingly, many users who bought a brand new iPhone past year complained that they experienced problems with Activation Lock where their iPhone was locked with another user Apple ID.

However, as MacRumors reports, the online checker was being used by hardware hackers to reactivate iPads that were bricked by Activation Lock.

By tweaking one or two characters of an invalid serial number, hackers are able to generate a valid number that belongs to a legitimate Apple device owner, which can then be used to unlock a previously bricked iPhone or iPad.

Apple hasn't said why it chose to take down the feature from iCloud, but as MacRumors further notes, the hack may explain a number of recent cases in which people have bought a brand new iPhone from Apple only to discover that it's already tied to someone else's Apple ID.