Apple to block popular police method for breaking into iPhones

Image    Apple began working on the USB issue before learning it was popularly used by police

In 2016, the U.S. Justice Department clashed with Apple when the company refused to unlock an iPhone connected to a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Apple has insisted that the new security measure is primarily aimed at protecting users in despotic countries, not at making law enforcement's job more hard.

Apple began working on the issue before learning that it was being used by police. In that mode, which will be the default, only charging will be possible through the port after the initial one hour period has expired. "We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data", said the company in a statement.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday it will change its iPhone settings to undercut the most popular means for law enforcement to break into the devices. The change is coming through a series of software updates and should be on most iPhones sometime in the fall. Given that the devices cost between $15,000 and $30,000, that could work out much more costly for law enforcement.

The company has been a prominent opponent of U.S. legislation to force technology companies to maintain access to users' communications.

According to Digitimes, the company are hoping to introduce the new cables and phase out the old ones starting next year.

Apple has been at the forefront of a battle between tech companies and law enforcement to hand over data in extreme cases.

A new version of iOS will block a controversial loophole that law enforcement agencies have leveraged in order to crack into locked iPhones. However, the company said it isn't doing so to frustrate Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Terrorists or other criminal organizations will do something that's heinous, in a way that is blocked from lawful law enforcement view".

For months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been criticized for misrepresenting its ability to crack encrypted devices. The FBI claims it has at least hundreds of electronics devices connected to investigations that it can't access due to encryption.

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