Apple is working on a fix for a security issue with iOS 6.1 that allows users to bypass the lock screen.
Our smartphones allow us access to a wide range of services. Everything from photos to text messages to sensitive email is on there. As such, most people have a lock screen on their phone that helps keep prying eyes away from their personal information. Apple even allows you to remote wipe your phone in the event that you lose it. However, it seems even if you do have an active lockscreen for your iPhone, a glitch in iOS 6.1 might betray your secrets.
It seems a hole in iOS 6.1 allows folks to bypass the iPhone lockscreen and make calls without ever having to enter the passcode set by the device's owner. The trick involves making an emergency call, canceling it, attempting to turn the phone off, and pressing the power button. Though this trick won't give complete access to the phone, it will give access to the phone app, which will allow the person attempting to access your phone to make calls, edit contacts, view photos (by trying to add a photo to a contact's number), and check voicemail.
Apple has said it is working on a fix. "We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update," the company told All Things D. No word on when that fix might arrive. In the meantime, you can check out the bug for yourself thanks to YouTube user videosdebarraquito, who has uploading a video of the hack to YouTube.