Apple’s Latest iOS Update Blocks Police iPhone Hacking Tools

Apple has released iOS 11.4.1 update, and in addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, the new version also includes the already-famous USB Restricted Mode.

Announced earlier this year when beta builds were released for download, this feature is specifically supposed to block police hacking tools that whose role is to get around the iPhone locking system and extract data from the device even when a passcode is used.

Cracking solutions like GrayKey use the Lightning port to connect to the iPhone and launch brute-force attacks, and what USB Restricted Mode does is to block these connections when the device hasn’t been unlocked for more than an hour.

The feature comes enabled by default, and users need to manually allow USB accessories “to connect when it has been than an hour since your iPhone was locked.” Additionally, users can configure the… (read more)

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