IoT-Security: Apples Screen Time limits hacked by 7-year-old

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IoT-Security: Apples Screen Time limits hacked by 7-year-old

In it’s new iOS 12, Apple included a tool to help users control IoT-Security and the time they spend using their phone. But Screen Time also allows parents to set limits to the time their children spend on apps and games. Unfortunately, kid seem to be smarter than Apple. One dad, who posted his story to Reddit, made use of this feature for his son. But he had the suspicion, that the kid still spent a lot of time with the device. He wrote:

When he runs out of Screen Time and his games get locked, he heads to [the] App Store, downloads a previously installed (but later removed) game through the cloud icon, and it works without limitations! What can I say…I’m not even mad. That’s impressive.


This „hack“ will for sure get fixed by apple quickly. But it shows once again, how important IoT-Security is for any connected device – and how easy it can be to find a workaround for most security features if they have not been implemented properly.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Apple

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