Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Apple steps up encrytion to thwart police cracking of iPhones

Apple Steps Up Encrytion to Thwart Police Cracking of IPhones A silver iPhone 8 alongside a gold 8 Plus
Roberta Sherman | 16 June, 2018, 09:32

Rumors of Apple's supposed interest in switching from proprietary connectors to USB have popped up multiple times over the years, despite the company's use of 30-pin Dock Connectors and 9-pin Lightning connectors to tightly control the accessory markets for its products. The FBI could not access the gunman's iPhone and asked for Apple's help.

In the latest beta versions of iOS, Apple includes a feature called USB Restricted Mode, which disables the data connection of the iPhone's Lightning port after a given time, while allowing it to continue to charge the device. "We respect law enforcement, and we develop our improvement in the area of security in order to thwart their efforts to perform their duties", - said in a statement.

The setting change could also draw criticism from U.S. law enforcement officials who have been engaged in an on-again, off-again campaign for legislation or other ways to force technology companies to maintain access to users' communications. The update fixes a vulnerability that could be exploited by bad actors and police alike, the company said.

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On Wednesday, Apple said it was aware of the vulnerability and chose to patch it. A Grayshift device sitting on a desk at a police station, he said, "could very easily leak out into the world".

Leaving USB Accessories at its default setting (Off) is smart because it increases your iOS device security by shrinking the window where someone can try a hardware hack.

Apple refused to comply and CEO Tim Cook also wrote a long letter on the same, addressing why this was an issue of privacy where the company would not compromise.

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"Of course, this is to prevent that particular attack - if not to prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation from doing it, it's to prevent everybody from doing it", said computer security specialist Bruce Schneier. After the relatively short time limit expires, iOS blocks communication through the USB port, making it impossible for existing devices to unlock an iPhone using brute force techniques. He said the phones had yielded crucial information, and he was upset that Apple planned to close such a useful investigative avenue.

Opening locked iPhones through these methods has become more common, law enforcement officials said.

The news of the software update is angering law enforcement agencies.

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The encryption on smartphones only applies to data stored exclusively on the phone. In 2017, Apple said it received 14,098 requests for information related to more than 62,460 devices, accounts or financial identifiers - a 10 percent rise from 2016.

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