Apple to close iPhone security loophole

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This move from Apple is just the latest in the ongoing debate between a company that holds the privacy of its users and security of its devices as paramount, and law enforcement that could in some cases use data from these devices as evidence to prosecute serious crimes.

Apple said it was amid planning for a software update for iPhones that will disable the charging and data port of the device an hour after it's locked. While activated, charging will be the only function of an iPhone's Lightning port one hour after the device is locked. While a phone can still be charged, a person would first need to enter the phone's password to transfer data to or from the device using the port. Grayshift, founded by a former Apple engineer, even markets a $15,000 device created to help police exploit the security hole in the iPhone's current software.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to crack Farook's iPhone, other authorities used third-party services like Grayshift - which was founded by a former Apple engineer - and Cellebrite to open locked iPhones.

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Apple said its changes were made with criminals in mind who can exploit the same vulnerabilities as law enforcement to break into stolen phones. News of Apple's planned software update has begun spreading through security blogs and law enforcement circles-and many in investigative agencies are infuriated.

The practice has spread in recent years, with law enforcement agencies around the world buying devices that can pull information off a locked phone. "But really there is no reason to think that only law enforcement will have such devices", said Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

The update isn't meant to hold back law enforcement efforts, Apple said Wednesday, but to close a security hole that put customers at risk. To access and sync data, Passcode, TouchID, FaceID or PIN would be required.

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Cellebrite declined to comment.

Refuting the FBI's claim, Apple said it reached out to the bureau "immediately" to offer assistance in getting into the gunman's iPhone and expedite its response to any legal process. Several companies provide similar services to unlock iPhones.

The encryption on smartphones only applies to data stored exclusively on the phone. Smartphones running Google's Android software have been generally easier to access, partly because many older devices lack encryption. 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.

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