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ibusinesslines.com June 20, 2018


Apple to officially bless USB-C with 2019 iPhone

14 June 2018, 10:18 | Jodi Jackson

Image Apple began working on the USB issue before learning it was popularly used by police

Image    Apple began working on the USB issue before learning it was popularly used by police

Technology companies including Apple have objected to such requests.

GrayKey is a simple-to-use box that cops plug into a locked iPhone through the Lightning port and brute-force guesses the passcode without needing codes to be manually entered.

According to supply chain sources, Apple is now looking into the new connector for its future iPhones but not for this year. After that, the port's functionality is limited to charging the device, and therefore stops hacking tools from accessing the device's data. In March, an inspector general for the Justice Department found that federal law enforcement officials "did not pursue all possible avenues" to break into the iPhone at the heart of the San Bernardino attack.

A customer views the new iPhone 7 smartphone inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016.

"We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", Apple told Reuters.


Two years ago, Apple went to court to block an Federal Bureau of Investigation effort to force it to weaken iPhone encryption on the device of a mass shooter in San Bernardino, California, but officials dropped the case after finding a tool to unlock the phone. A brewing legal showdown was defused after the Federal Bureau of Investigation hired professional hackers to crack into the device.

The practice has spread in recent years, with law enforcement agencies around the world buying devices that can pull information off a locked phone.

That solution should thwart iPhone cracking devices like those made by GrayShift and Cellebrite.

While Apple has historically been non-compliant when law enforcement has sought capabilities to hack into Apple customers' devices, in certain instances, police have been able to use third-party hacking tools to exploit a loophole in iPhone Lightning ports.

The update will be available in iOS 12, the company's latest mobile operating system, when it comes out later this year. iOS 12 works on the iPhone 5S and later models.



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