iOS 6.1 launched only a few weeks ago, but users have already found a security exploit that lets anyone bypass the iPhone lockscreen and gain unauthorized access to someone’s voicemail, contacts list, emails, photos, texts and so on.
Unfortunately, the exploit is fairly easy to pull off. As YouTube user videosdebarraquito details, all one has to do is make and cancel an emergency call from the lockscreen, and then fumble around with the power and home buttons a couple times afterwards.
The timing looks to be a little finicky, but the process itself isn’t complex. TechnologyGuide doesn’t encourage this sort of thing, so we won’t link to the video here.
A similar security exploit was found in iOS 4.1, but was patched up by Apple in its next release. Apple hasn’t issued any statement on this new flaw, however, so it remains to be seen how long iPhone users will have to wait until things are fixed up. TG will update you if and when any new information is given.