A team of engineers attending next week's Black Hat hacking conference created R2B2, the incredibly patient Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher. The 'bot punches four-digit combinations at a rate of about one-per-second until it breaks past a phone's security screen. Working at that rate, it can break through an Android phone in under 20 hours.
It can't get through any phone's security, though: the iPhone, by default, makes users wait more and more time to try again after each incorrect passcode, meaning R2B2 couldn't hack in during a reasonable amount of time. Android phones, by default, only make users wait 30 seconds to try again after every five incorrect codes. (Don't fret too much: it's not like most petty thieves have the Arduino and 3-D printing skills required to build this robot.)
The creators say they're looking into making a version that could crack ATM pins or bank vaults, which would be a little scary (although wouldn't a bystander figure something was up when a robot was punching numbers into an ATM for 20 hours?)
If I'm not mistaken, ATMs lock lock you out after a few failures. (They also eat your card if you leave it there).
If this ever got to be an actual problem, I'm sure that the phone makers would block all attempts after some reasonable period of time.
No, thanks. I'd rather see someone beating the hacker robot into submission with the unhacked smartphone, with smacks to the back of the heads of the hackers who created the independent hackerbot. 'White Hat' hackers such as these publicly create MOST of the black hat variety with all THE FREELY AVAILABLE HACKING INFO THEY RECEIVE FROM THE WHITE HATS.
Wouldn't it be cool if hacking were ACTUALLY illegal? In this nation, I mean.
The Supremes wanna tell me I can't hack certain parts of MY PURCHASED PROPERTY, but it's just cool when these mutts do it to train people how to do it to someone else's. They can get government grants and scholarships for their crimes. And then maybe become a fully employed government worker as further reward for all the harm they've caused along the way with all the malicious code they've given to criminals that they aren't accountable for. Or hit the bigtime and go into full on corporate cyberwar--where as we know the entire planet of people are the assigned victims. Yet it's no crime against humanity, or even a misdemeanor; as evidenced by the fact that none of the corporate hackers have ever received anything like a real sentence for a real crime.
SO, the illegal aliens get their passes for their fed and state felonies, the richest just ratified a whole new list of crimes they are protected while committing and people like these get to train as publicly supported cybermercenaries and render criminal assistance to other criminals.
WHAT FELONIES DO THE REST OF US GET PASSES ON?
Ever used Linux?