Apple confirms iOS updates will lock out some police cracking tools

Researchers were right when they suspected that upcoming iOS updates would stymie law enforcement cracking tools. Apple has confirmed that iOS 11.4.1 and iOS 12 will cut off data through the USB port when the phone hasn’t been unlocked in the past hour, shutting out most attempts to use dedicated cracking devices from GrayShift, Cellebrite and others. The company stressed that it wasn’t trying to defy the police, though — rather, this was meant to thwart crooks, spies and others who aren’t bound by privacy rights and laws.

Source: Reuters

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