Since iOS 4, Apple has been securing your iPhone’s data with 256-bit encryption. That encryption has just been cracked, and just by running a simple program, anyone with access to your handset can access the full data stored even in encrypted iPhone backups.
The software is called the Phone Password Breaker Tool, and using your computer’s GPU for extra encryption-cracking chutzpah, it will smash its way through the encryption of any iPhone… as long as the cracker has access to that iPhone physically.
That’s the good news, because it means that remote cracking of an iPhone — or even cracking an iTunes backup — isn’t possible without the device also being plugged in. The software needs to pluck data like your iPhone’s UDID from the hardware itself to decrypt your iTunes iPhone backups.
In truth, this isn’t really that big of a deal: security begins with physical security, and if a hacker’s got access to both your phone and your computer, the encryption being cracked is really the least of your concerns.
Still, if any of you have been cuckolding a hacker-minded spouse, you might want to wipe the texts from your iPhone before he gets wind of this post… and drops $79 on Phone Password Breaker Tool.