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Offbeat Apple to undercut popular law-enforcement tool for cracking iPhones

23:31  13 june  2018
23:31  13 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Apple warns suppliers of lower parts orders for new iPhones: Nikkei

  Apple warns suppliers of lower parts orders for new iPhones: Nikkei Apple Inc has asked its parts suppliers to manufacture about 20 percent fewer components for iPhones in the second half of 2018, the Nikkei on Friday reported, sending the iPhone maker's stock down 2 percent.Apple expects total shipments of iPhones to be launched this year to be 80 million, less than the 100 million shipments that Apple planned for around the same time last year, the financial newspaper said, citing two industry sources.

But, according to Grayshift, the box takes between two to three hours to crack the phone’s passcode. Such iPhone unlocking tools are growing popular among law enforcement agencies. “The availability and affordability of these tools undercuts law enforcement ’s continual assertions

"The availability and affordability of these tools undercuts law enforcement 's continual assertions that they need smartphone vendors to be forced to build Because of the ongoing cat and mouse game of Apple patching a vulnerability as third-party iPhone cracking services look for new methods to get

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows an iPhone in Washington. © AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows an iPhone in Washington. Apple Inc said on Wednesday it will change its iPhone settings to undercut the most popular means for law enforcement to break into the devices.

The company told Reuters it was aiming to protect customers in countries where police seize phones at will and all users from the risk that the attack technique will leak to spies and criminals.

The privacy standard-bearer of the tech industry said it will change the default settings in the iPhone operating system to cut off communication through the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked in the past hour. That port is how machines made by forensic companies GrayShift, Cellebrite and others connect and get around the security provisions that limit how many password guesses can be made before the device freezes them out or erases data.

(Reporting by Joseph Menn; Editing by Greg Mitchell and David Gregorio)

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