IOS 11.4 Will Make Cracking iPhones Much Harder For Law Enforcement

IOS 11.4 Will Make Cracking iPhones Much Harder For Law Enforcement

IOS 11.4 Will Make Cracking iPhones Much Harder For Law Enforcement

Despite Apple's best efforts to keep iOS secure, security and research companies have consistently been able to come up with ways to work around numerous more advanced security measures Apple incorporates into iOS.

Police and forensics officials in the U.S. are understood to be using a piece of hardware. To regain the access over data transfer, one needs to unlock the phone using passcode or biometrics directly.

Apple mentioned that it has taken the initiative to improve security in its iOS devices. Apple might soon be stepping up its game once more with the upcoming iOS 11.4's new USB Restricted Mode feature, which will practically disable USB data connection if an iPhone has not been unlocked for 7 days.

The latest iOS update iOS 12 is expected to be officially unveiled in the next few months and Apple users will be keen to see what the new update brings to the table. If a passcode hasn't been entered in seven days, "you must connect an accessory via lightning connector to the device while unlocked".

The iOS 11.4 update includes a security feature that restricts the Lightning port from connecting to computers and other USB devices.

Yesterday was dominated by Google I/O so this little iOS nugget may have slipped past your radar. iOS 11.4 beta is introducing a new USB Restricted Mode which could help battle devices such as GrayKey. It means they will only have seven days to attempt to unlock an iOS device to extract the information it contains.

The feature will also not honor iTunes pairing records, meaning if you had a computer that was previously trusted with the device, it won't matter until the owner unlocks the device with the passcode. Undoubtedly this launch will anger the law enforcement, but this is one of the essential safety options for users.

Otherwise, the Lightning port will lock down to charge only mode. While law enforcement officials can still exploit devices within seven days of collection, but if they are left in evidence for longer getting into the devices can be hard. Well it turns out the same Unicode bug "works" on iPhone, but it's even worse for iOS device users.

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