That things are not easy in Rio de Janeiro, this is nothing new for any Carioca or tourist who decides to visit “Cidade Not So Maravilhosa Assim” in recent times.
Walking through the streets carefree, using your smartphone (photo camera or any other well targeted by bandits) is not an option here. But even if yours is very well kept in your pants pocket or in a bag / backpack, the risk is, in a way, great. Examples are not lacking, like this one shared by Ancelmo Gis, of the newspaper The globe.
In this case, however, one thing caught the attention of many users of iPhones. According to the journalist, a bandit “cleaned up” at BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Transcarioca, in Barra da Tijuca, but refused to take the iPhone 6 of one of the passengers, saying:
That won't do. I can't unlock it.
Apple did a great job of implementing the feature Activation Block. it is precisely that which makes life very difficult for the bandits by linking the phone's operation to a specific Apple ID. That is, even if the thief steals the device and tries to restore it (erase all content to make a clean installation), it will be necessary to enter the password of the Apple ID linked to the device's iCloud account to allow this.
I have no doubt that the Activation Block actually improved things in that sense, reducing the theft index in some cities. We even commented this here on the site a few times. I only have doubts if it really made a difference in Brazil, either because bandits asked for the iCloud password at the time of the theft or because they took advantage of the despair of the stolen users, causing them to fall into scams. phishing.
The problem that, even with the feature activated and, in theory, doing everything the manual says to protect the device, reports of stolen / stolen iPhones being unlocked continue to arrive. And don't stop, no: some users claim that their Apple IDs (attached to the devices) were also hacked within minutes after the theft.
It is difficult to pin down the reason for this, after all there may be many of us already sharing here on the site a very complex form that, in theory, can be used for this. What can we suggest so that this possibility decreases:
Apart from the information we share in this article (and some other possible ways to exploit loopholes left by the user), there are no reports of Apple system vulnerabilities that can be used to unlock Apple iPhones and IDs. But that old saying: never too much protection, so do everything in your power to make life difficult for the bandits.
tip from Pedro Saija and several other readers, thank you!