Un-Sexy Headline: USB Restricted Mode Will Improve iPhone User Security

By Riana Pfefferkorn on June 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm

In the upcoming version of the Apple iPhone iOS operating system, iOS 12, the phone’s Lightning cable port (used for charging and data transmission) will be disabled an hour after the phone is locked. The device will still charge, but transferring data to or from the device via the Lightning cable will require entering the device’s password first. Connecting to the data port via Lightning cable is what third-party forensic devices called Cellebrite and GrayKey rely upon to extract data from locked, encrypted iPhones. These tools (made, respectively, by the eponymous Cellebrite and a company called Grayshift) are employed by U.S. law enforcement agencies at federal, state, and local levels. Unsurprisingly, just about everybody covering the story is framing Apple’s move as one that will thwart law enforcement.[…]

https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2018/06/un-sexy-headline-usb-restricted-mode-will-improve-iphone-user-security

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