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Apple iOS Update Blocks Hack That Law Enforcement Used to Crack iPhones

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Apple confirmed on Wednesday that the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system will close a security hole that law enforcement has used to crack into otherwise secure devices that belong to criminal suspects and targets of security operations worldwide.

The company has increasingly designed its computers and mobile devices to be impervious to decryption, even by Apple itself.

Apple’s software tweak is part of iOS 11.4, a small update to the current operating system that runs iPads and iPhones. Apple will add USB Restricted Mode, an option that disables the USB port for any kind of data transfer or interactions if a device hasn’t been unlocked in the previous hour.

Any party attempting to break into the phone would need to plug it into a hardware-cracking device very quickly. In most cases, law enforcement would be unable to react fast enough.

Originally via Fortune

Apple confirmed on Wednesday that the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system will close a security hole that law enforcement has used to crack into otherwise secure devices that belong to criminal suspects and targets of security operations worldwide.

See the original article at http://fortune.com/2018/06/13/apple-blocks-hack-feds-police-ubs-crack-iphones/

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