Apple to close iPhone security loophole used by police

Ruben Fields
June 14, 2018

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

"At Apple, we put the customer at the center of everything we design", the Apple said in an emailed statement.

Apparently, there was speculation that Apple would end up using the USB-C port on its 2018 iPhone lineup but the sources claim that since Apple is still in the redesign phase, it would not be able to use the technology on its upcoming iPhones.

Apple is reportedly closing a loophole that allows locked iPhones to be accessed without their owners' passcodes, disabling a method often used by law enforcement.

Since iPhone hacks and unlocks usually work through this port, Apple's decision to restrict its use will severely impact all such devices being sold by the likes of GrayShift and Cellebrite to the government authorities worldwide. In 2016, it went to court to fight an order that it break into an iPhone 5c used by a terrorist killer in San Bernardino.

"We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", Apple told Reuters.

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The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple pointed out Wednesday that it has responded to thousands of requests from United States law enforcement for access to customer data - more than 14,000 in 2017.

If a law enforcement agency wants to gain access to an iPhone, its options are limited, even with a warrant.

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The feature previously appeared in the iOS 11.3 beta, making its way into the iOS 12 beta and now the company has confirmed that the security patch will make it into a final iOS release.

Apple didn't say which future version of iOS would contain the update.

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