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Yesterday we brought you the story of two Dutch hackers who managed to find a way around the Activation Lock Apple introduced to curb iPhone theft, and now Cult of Mac reports that the duo deleted an e-mail from Apple asking for more information. One of them, AquaXetine, also announced the deletion in a tweet from yesterday.
"They asked me to contact [them] as quickly as possible, but why now?" AquaXetine said in an e-mail to Cult of Mac. "I've already warned Apple couple months ago." AquaXetine and fellow hacker MerrukTechnolog claimed that they contacted Apple back in March without receiving a response, so they've made the hack available to the public under the name of DoulCi. Apparently, getting it to work only requires adding one line of code to a desktop computer's "hosts" file.
The site itself claims that the workaround is only for "personal use" and that the duo made it "with love for the people to give them a second chance to get [their] iDevices working again." That's a fragile claim, though, particularly since the true owners of the devices could easily reset the passwords for their iDevices elsewhere.
And indeed, huge numbers of tweets are already rolling in thanking the pair for their work, usually accompanied by shots of around six unlocked iPhones. Does this means the guys sending these tweets from the Philippines and such are some of the world's most enthusiastic Apple fans? Unlikely.
At one point, more than 5,700 devices were unlocked within five minutes. Later, the duo claimed that 10,000 iPhones had been unlocked through the site. On the bright side, if there is one, the hack currently makes the iPhone's SIM card unreadable. For now, anyway. AquaXetine announced yesterday that a "fix" for that is on the way.
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