Less than 20 hours. That’s all it takes to enter 10,000 possible combinations and break into your CEO’s Android (on the default setting). iPhones and other smartphones may take longer to crack and iOS 7 can now be configured to erase all phone content after 10 failed passcode attempts. Even so, security researchers are finding faster and cheaper ways to break into mobile devices.
At the hacker conference in Vegas this year, researchers Justin Engler and Paul Vines released a 3D-printable robot that can enter 4-pin codes in less than a second. The $200 device can break Android codes in less than a day.
This news sounds pretty scary, especially given how easy it is to lose a mobile device. 1 in 4 adults in the UK have had a mobile device lost or stolen. In the US alone, $30 billion worth of mobile phones were lost in 2011, according to the security firm Lookout. And with more employees using mobile devices for work, that’s a lot of critical data that could be taken away. Hackers could easily access employee’s email accounts and business apps.