A teenage hacker has found a way to circumvent the phone’s security and restrictions,jailbreaking a brand new iPhone 7 running iOS 10, effectively taking full control of it and allowing him to install apps not approved by Apple. The 19-year-old hacker, who’s known online as qwertyoruiop but whose real name is Luca Todesco, took advantage of a series of bugs he found and exploited—and all it took him, he said, was just 24 hours.
“They definitely made my life harder,” Todesco, who has a well-established reputation for finding bugs and jailbreaking iPhones, told Motherboard in a message. “The iPhone 7 is a step in the right direction. Obviously it’s not 100 percent secure—like nothing else is.”
Although Todesco bragged about his achievement on Twitter and YouTube, he says he has no immediate plans to release the details of the exploit he used – not until Apple has released a patch at least.
obligatory cydia screenshot pic.twitter.com/peSF0kVNBh
— qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) September 21, 2016
As is often the case with these things, Apple will probably catch up with Todesco’s exploit and patch the holes he used to jailbreak the device. Still, as the crafty hacker says, “they can raise the effort required, but there will always be someone willing to invest enough time to do it.”