Apple Announces it will Change iPhone Settings to Thwart Law Enforcement from Successfully Cracking iPhones
Apple stated earlier today that it was aiming to protect all customers, especially in countries where phones are readily obtained by police or by criminals with extensive resources, and to head off further spread of the iPhone attack technique used by companies like forensic companies Grayshift, Cellebrite and others. Our cover image presents one of the devices from Grayshift used is presented
Reuters reports that the forensic companies get around the security provisions that limit how many password guesses can be made before the device freezes them out or erases data. Now they will be unable to run code on the devices after the first hour is up.
The USB [lightning] port is how machines made by forensic companies Grayshift, Cellebrite and others connect and get around the security provisions that limit how many password guesses can be made before the device freezes them out or erases data. Now they will be unable to run code on the devices after the hour is up.
Apple added that it will change default settings in the iPhone operating system to cut off communication through the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked in the past hour.
Apple representatives said the change in settings will protect customers in countries where law enforcement seizes and tries to crack phones with fewer legal restrictions than under U.S. law. They also noted that criminals, spies and unscrupulous people often use the same techniques. Even some of the methods most prized by intelligence agencies have been leaked on the internet.
"We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data,' Apple said in a prepared statement. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.'
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