Easy access to Airplane Mode an iOS 7 security flaw — researchers

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Apple’s Control Center in iOS 7 makes it easier to access certain functions, but a recently released study from security researchers suggests it might be causing harm.

Security researchers at German firm SR Labs posted a video to YouTube recently showing how the easy access to Airplane Mode in Apple’s Control Center could give hackers the extra time they need to exploit a device.

Here’s how the scenario could play out: a hacker steals an iPhone running iOS 7. As soon as they get their hands on the locked device, they open Control Center from the lock screen and turn on Airplane Mode. From there, they set out to break into the device and change Apple ID passwords to prevent the owner from accessing the device.

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