Apple to make change to iOS that will make cracking open an iPhone a race against the clock
by Alan Friedman / Jun 13, 2018, 10:05 PM
Apple is changing settings in iOS that will help prevent devices used by law enforcement and hackers from unlocking iPhone models. New products from companies like Cellebrite and GrayShift use a USB connection through Apple's proprietary Lightning port in order to bypass limits on passcode attempts that Apple built into the operating system. These limits were designed to prevent law enforcement and hackers from cracking open a locked iPhone by continually guessing passcodes until they stumble on the right one.
phone has not been unlocked within the past hour.With the new machines able to bypass passcode attempt limits, Apple had to turn to a new strategy, and realized that their biggest vulnerability was the Lightning port. Apple has told Reuters that it plans on changing the default setting in iOS so that the USB port's ability to communicate with other devices will stop if the
According to security researchers, forcing law enforcement or hackers to get to a targeted iPhone within an hour should reduce access to these units by 90%. Ironically, the big winner of this change will be companies like Cellebrite and GrayShift that make the cracking machines. That's because law enforcement authorities will now have to buy many more units in order to have one within one hour of an iPhone seized as evidence.
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Remove the Lightning port, resort to wireless charging. There, problem solved.
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 10:13 PM 2
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It's so good and reassuring to know at least a one major smartphone company in this world takes user privacy very very seriously. Apple is willing to put their company on the defensive to the Gov in order to protect the consumer data.
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 10:55 PM 6
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Well Samsung is more secure with their Knox, the Pentagon chose it and approved it for the DoD. If iOS was more secure they would have chosen it don't you think?. I mean it's still secure more than the rest, but not Knox.
posted on Jun 14, 2018, 12:15 AM 13
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The Pentagon and the Department of Defense use iPhones and iOS devices too. In fact, the president uses a secured iPhone for all of his communications as well. Knox and iOS were both approved by the DoD years ago.
posted on Jun 14, 2018, 12:36 AM 3
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Excuse me, perhaps I didn’t make it clear in my last post that it included Obama. Obama in the last year of his presidency was allowed to use an iPhone as well. https://youtu.be/e6zn4UlO0fU Here he is talking about his daughters teaching him stuff to do on his iPhone.
posted on Jun 14, 2018, 8:07 AM 0
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Really? Because on my Android phone it already doesn't allow the phone to communicate with devices via USB if the phone has not been unlocked. You even have to specifically allow for it to communicate via USB, as a changeable setting, otherwise it only charges.
posted on Jun 14, 2018, 1:55 AM 4
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Cellebrite says they can hack your Android phone. https://media.cellebrite.com/w
posted on Jun 14, 2018, 6:20 AM 1
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That's pretty much what every other company advertises "Unbreakable security, blah blah blah horses**t" until some genius discovers a flaw.
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 10:17 PM 4
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Which companies advertise “unbreakable security”?
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 10:20 PM 5
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His mum. Didn't seem to work out so well.. Jokes aside, more companies need to be proactive in user privacy like Apple. User privacy is degrading year by year, and the Android consumer doesn't care it seems. Not until it's too late, at least...
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 11:04 PM 4
Oh that was a joke, good thing you mentioned that ;) And most consumers don't care. Not just Android consumers. Just take a look at the billion Facebook users. Personally, I don't care too much either what a company knows of me. The things I don't want them to know, I make sure they don't.
posted on Jun 14, 2018, 1:50 AM 2
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And next they will use something else.....in the end not even apple can fix a simple error in an iPhone, which will result in buying a new one....gaching.....apple gets even more dollars from the sheep....
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 10:44 PM 0
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"Only smart people use Android"
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 10:46 PM 0
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Apple makes their money for a reason. They make reliable products that work and do it extremely well. Seeing them take our privacy more serious is a big one for me. I’m really going to look into their offerings mobile and Mac wise this fall. Getting tired of these JANK androids. P.S: out of all the androids the S9+ is my favorite. Just wanted to say that to let you guys know where I’m coming from.
posted on Jun 13, 2018, 11:21 PM 5
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