New feature in iOS 11.4 designed to prevent law enforcement from unlocking an iPhone
by Alan Friedman / May 08, 2018, 9:16 PM
In the latest iOS 11.4 beta, if an iPhone hasn't been unlocked for more than a week using the passcode, the Lightning port will support charging the phone only. No data can be transferred through the port. This feature, called USB Restricted Mode, was originally seen in iOS 11.3 beta, but removed from the final version. Now, it is back, just like some other features that have gone the same route such as AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. And this time, it looks like the feature will make it to the final version of the new iOS build.
USB Restricted Mode works like this. Once an iPhone or iPad is updated to the latest version of iOS that supports the feature, the USB data connection over the Lightning port is disabled one week after the phone was last unlocked. So those two Lighting cables that stick out of the GrayKey would be useless on a iPhone in USB Restricted Mode.
Law enforcement does have a way around this. If it uses a GrayKey in an attempt to unlock the device within the seven days from the last passcode unlocking, it will disable USB Restricted Mode even if it has yet to unlock the phone.
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What about law enforcement of CCP in China?? Can you prevent them from unlocking Chinese people iPhone ?? Since Apple is kowtowing to CCP in order to survive in China, I don't think apple will protect Chinese users privacy
posted on May 08, 2018, 9:38 PM 3
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Well the Chinese already have access to Apple iCloud servers so no need to break into anything for the most part.
posted on May 08, 2018, 11:23 PM 4
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"iOS 11.4 designed to support terrorism" Customers is customers afterall.
posted on May 08, 2018, 10:14 PM 0
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That’s such bullshit. How many “terrorist” attacks have been stopped by unlocking fucking phones? You paranoid fools don’t even understand what your founding fathers tried to protect.
posted on May 08, 2018, 10:34 PM 13
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Designed to support terrorism? WTF did I just read? hahahaha
posted on May 08, 2018, 11:07 PM 1
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Well, that's another way to look at it. To me; its designed to protect my rights. If people stop watching those alt-right propaganda channels then perhaps they might be able to think more clearly and logically? I'm drunk right now; but even I understand what Apple is trying to acocomplish here, unlike some other people. Politics and propaganda can cook your head like an egg, little one. Be wise.
posted on May 09, 2018, 3:58 AM 0
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Security is always a cat and mouse game. It's in Apple's (and any software manufacturer for that matter) interest to fix any security flaws, such as the one this device uses. Plus, didn't this device just recently get hacked and the source code leaked to the internet? This doesn't sound like an exploit I'd want to remain open. Besides, it all sounds benign having the local authorities being able to unlock criminal's cell phones, until they try to use it on your phone during a routine traffic stop. You will be the first one to scream your rights are being violated.
posted on May 09, 2018, 8:59 AM 0
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If you're so worried about it then its best to use a pigeon for communication and pray for it so that it don't get 'intercepted' by a bald eagle or a... cat. On a more serious note; there are radio walkie talkies around which can send encrypted texts over a relatively long distance. Very cheap too.
posted on May 09, 2018, 3:54 AM 1
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