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Apple: iPhones will now be even harder for law enforcement to crack

Apple: iPhones will now be even harder for law enforcement to crack

Apple will do this by making USB Restricted Mode functionality permanent in its next major iOS release.

Apple is changing settings in iOS that will help prevent devices used by law enforcement and hackers from unlocking iPhone models. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs".

The latest step could draw criticism from American police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and perhaps the U.S. Justice Department, where officials have recently renewed an on-again, off-again campaign for legislation or other extraordinary means of forcing technology companies to maintain access to their users' communications. In 2017, Apple said it received 14,098 requests for information related to more than 62,460 devices, accounts or financial identifiers - a 10 percent rise from 2016. When connected to an iPhone's Lightning port, this swiftly enters thousands of passcodes until the correct one is reached.

Before we go on, this is a rumour from the supply chain which suggests this drastic change in port type should happen on the new iPhone, in 2019. Grayshift, founded by a former Apple engineer, even markets a $15,000 device created to help police to exploit the security hole in the iPhone's current software.

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According to the inside source, Apple is redesigning its chargers and interface for the next-gen iPhone and iPad gadgets.

The tech giant said it was aiming to protect all customers, especially those in countries where phones are routinely obtained by police or criminals.

This also could spur sales of cracking devices, as law enforcement looks to get more forensic machines closer to where seizures occur.

In recent months, a law enforcement tool called GrayKey has become publicly known as the gold standard for law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted iPhones. The update fixes a vulnerability that could be exploited by bad actors and police alike, the company said. "Apple's security engineers have worked tirelessly for years", he told Business Insider, "strengthening the iOS operating system from hackers".