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In the upcoming version of the Apple iPhone iOS operating system, iOS 12, the phone's Lightning cable port (used for charging and data transmission) will be disabled an hour after the phone is locked. The device will still charge, but transferring data to or from the device via the Lightning cable will require entering the device's password first. Connecting to the data port via Lightning cable is what third-party forensic devices called Cellebrite and GrayKey rely upon to extract data from locked, encrypted iPhones. These tools (made, respectively, by the eponymous Cellebrite and a company called Grayshift) are employed... [Read More]
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Amid reports that two forensic companies have been helping law enforcement and government agencies break into locked iPhones, Apple rolled out a new feature in iOS 12 to prevent further intrusions. Privacy advocates applauded the move. [Read More]
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A forthcoming update to iOS will enable "USB Restricted Mode," limiting the Lightning port to only charge after one hour... [Read More]
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iOS 12 introduces USB restrictions that effectively put an end to law enforcement access to iPhones and iPads using devices like the GrayKey box, but... [Read More]
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Apple confirms it'll push cop-thwarting 'USB Restricted Mode' feature to iPhones... [Read More]
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Apple is about to make it much harder for law enforcement agencies to gain access to information on iPhones. The company will include a new feature, called USB Restricted Mode, in a future update of its iOS software, which runs on iPhones and iPads. The feature disables data transfer through the Lightning port one hour after a phone was last locked, preventing popular third-party hacking tools used by law enforcement from accessing the device. The port can still be used... [Read More]
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Apple on Wednesday said iOS 12's incarnation of "USB Restricted Mode" will thwart not just criminals, but searches by spies and police. [Read More]
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USB Restricted Mode will close down access to data through an iPhone's Lightning port if the device hasn't been unlocked in the past hour... [Read More]
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A new version of iOS will block a controversial loophole that law enforcement agencies have leveraged in order to crack into locked iPhones. In an upcoming version of iOS (likely iOS 12), Apple will include a feature known as USB Restricted Mode, which limits access to a locked iPhone through its USB port. The feature... [Read More]
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