There’s always been issues surrounding Apple and its encryption of itsdevices, but things got worse recently, when Apple announced a new security feature that claims to make it even harder for authorities and security companies to crack devices.
Security companies that work with the police claim that they’ve already found a way to work around this new system, even though it hasn’t even been released.
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In an email thread obtained by Motherboard, an expert said that Grayshift, a forensic company, has already found a way to beat Apple’s security feature in the beta build. The emails also claim that Grayshift has addressed Apple’s new security measures in a webinar that they conducted several weeks ago.
According to Gizmodo, Grayshift is a very well respected security company that created the GreyKey, a $15,000 tool that is sold to police and government agencies. GreyKey can hack the security code of iPhones within a couple of hours or a couple of days, depending on the security level of the device.
Among Apple’s new security features is the very expected “USB Restricted Mode,” which claims that when activated, no matter how hard cops or hackers try to break into it, the device will enter complete lock-down, impossible to break in after an hour or so of staying inactive.
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While both sides of the argument make valid points — Apple wants their devices to be secure and sometimes the police needs access to them — they’ll always find ways of annoying each other, pushing the other to come up with something new.