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iPad 2’s password lock vulnerable to hack: report

Mac fan site 9to5Mac has demonstrated that hackers can gain access to any iPad by manipulating the Smart Cover of the tablet device.

Apple’s iPads have a four-digit password code that is required to unlock the device. However, there is a glitch in the password lock that makes it vulnerable to hackers, said 9to5Mac in a blog.

9to5Mac worte on the blog that it is easy to trick iPad into opening up without requiring a password, reported the Daily Mail.

A magnetic Smart Cover is the only thing required to crack the iPad password lock. The hacker can then maniplate the magnetic sensors on the screen to gain access to locked iPad 2s without knowing the password.

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The report said that Apple has not offered an official ‘fix’ for the glitch yet. However, 9to5Mac suggests that users can disable Smart Cover unlocking via the Settings menu.

This is not the first time a glitch has been identified in the iPad. During the launch of the iPad, the device was beset by issues with poor Internet connections. Reports had highlighted that many users were having issues with the Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPad.


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