Quiz: Is this a way to hack an iPhone ... or kill James Bond?


Attempt to kill James Bond or iPhone hack? You decide.


Someone finally cracked the iPhone at the heart of the Apple-FBI fight, but how? Although those details remain secret, people have suggested several ways to try -- and a lot of these serious ideas sound like spy-movie hijinks.

Our challenge to you: See if you can tell whether each of these methods is a real technique suggested for hacking that iPhone or a way a character in a James Bond movie has put 007 in mortal peril.

Read about the iPhone hacking idea that involves cutting with an ion beam.

Read about the iPhone hacking idea that involves wiping the phone’s memory (without losing important data).


Read about the iPhone hacking idea that involves a team of Israelis.



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March 29, 2:29 p.m.: This article was updated to show that the iPhone has been hacked and to add a question to the quiz.

This article was originally published March 25 at 5:10 a.m.

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