Apple to close iPhone security loophole used by law enforcement

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Apparently, there was speculation that Apple would end up using the USB-C port on its 2018 iPhone lineup but the sources claim that since Apple is still in the redesign phase, it would not be able to use the technology on its upcoming iPhones. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", he said. Companies including Cellebrite and Grayshift sell the devices, which plug into the Lightning port.

Cyber-security expert Alan Woodward, who is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, is sceptical of the idea that GrayKey devices could be used for mass surveillance by police.

The conflict hit its public apex in 2014 after the Federal Bureau of Investigation took Apple to court in an effort to compel it to break into the phone of a gunman who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Given that the devices cost between $15,000 and $30,000, that could work out much more costly for law enforcement.

"It would be wrong to reduce hundreds of millions of iPhone users' security and privacy just to help law enforcement agencies, authoritarian regimes, and state-sponsored hackers crack into a few mobile phones".

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But then Apple made a decision to cut the time span to a mere hour with the upcoming iOS 12.

On Wednesday, Apple framed its decision to tighten iPhone security even further as part of its crusade to protect the highly personal information that its customers store on their phones.

This should, in theory, prevent data stored on the device from being harvested when plugged into a computer via a USB-to-Lightning cable, in turn making it more hard for cops to extract data from stolen or seized iPhones.

With the changes, police or hackers will typically have an hour or less to get a phone to a cracking machine. Grayshift did not respond to requests for comment. He said the phones had yielded crucial information, and he was upset that Apple planned to close such a useful investigative avenue. That has helped solve a series of cases in recent months, including by getting into an iPhone to find videos of a suspect sexually assaulting a child.

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