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Security holes unearthed in Apple’s iOS7

Security holes unearthed in Apple’s iOS7

Two security vulnerabilities have been discovered in Apple’s new mobile operating system, less than 24 hours after its launch.

One flaw concerns a user’s ability to recover their data if a device has been stolen. The much-vaunted “Find my iPhone” feature can be disabled be a thief simply by putting the iPhone or iPad into airplane mode, preventing the device from communicating.

In iOS7 this can be done even when the phone is locked with a passcode, as the voice-activated assistant Siri can be instructed to carry out the task.

The other flaw is potentially even more serious – allowing users’ email and social networking accounts to be hijacked even when the user has locked and password-protected their phone,

In this video the BBC’s North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor explains the security glitch and a way to prevent it.

Apple has said it takes security “very seriously” and will issue a fix in a future software update.

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