iPhone Security Expert Weighs in on Kim Kardashian Robbery: Will Her Personal Info and Pics Get Hacked?

Her selfies will probably be safe. iPhone security expert Andrew McDonnell spoke with Us Weekly about Kim Kardashian’s Sunday, October 2, Paris robbery in which millions of dollars worth of jewelry were taken as well as two iPhones.

McDonnell tells Us that it is nearly impossible for the burglars to obtain confidential information and personal photos inside the reality TV queen’s mobile devices if they were both set with pass codes.

“For newer iPhones, the bottom line is that a strong pass code makes it nearly impossible for thieves to steal data,” McDonnell — vice president of Security Solutions at AsTech Consulting — explains.

Luckily for the Selfish author, 35, she can erase her cells’ entire memories if she had previously enabled their “Find My iPhone” features.

“If someone mugs you, takes your phone, or it’s stolen out of your hotel room, or you leave it in a movie theater, without the pass code, any iPhone from the past few years — I’m sure Kim Kardashian’s was that new — it’s going be extremely difficult to get data out of the phone without the pass code,” McDonnell tells Us. “And to make it impossible, you can lock the iPhone or erase it remotely using Apple’s 'Find My iPhone' Web application.”

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Kim Kardashian arrives at Kinugawa Restaurant on October 1, 2016, in Paris Pierre Suu/GC Images

He adds: “Apple tries to help users enable ‘Find My iPhone’ by default, which can further lock down or even erase a lost iPhone in addition to helping to actually locate the device by signing in from the Web or another Apple device.”

As previously reported, the E! personality was held at gunpoint, tied up and locked in the bathroom of her Paris apartment while a group of men pretending to be policemen robbed her around 2:25 a.m. on Monday. Prior to the incident, she had just finished FaceTiming with her brother, Rob Kardashian, who was celebrating a baby shower with his pregnant fiancée, Blac Chyna.

Hours after the frightening episode, Kim filed a police report and fled to New York City to meet her husband, Kanye West. During a Sunday-night show in the Big Apple, the hip-hop magnate, 39, stopped midperformance due to a “family emergency.”

When his wife finally made it to Manhattan the next morning, she and West traveled back to their downtown pad accompanied by a 15-car motorcade.

A rep for the mom of two — she shares North, 3, and Saint, 9 months, with the “Stronger” rapper — told Us on Monday that she is “badly shaken, by physically unharmed” following the attack.

 

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