iOS 12 Defeats Law Enforcement’s GrayKey iPhone Unlocker

Apple has apparently won a victory by preserving the privacy of iPhone users. Previously, even if an iOS device was password protected, the font could use the GrayKey unlock tool to access the content. But that changed with iOS 12. This hacker tool would be almost useless with the release of the latest Apple operating system. GrayKey works by bypassing the frequency with which a password can be entered on the iOS device and at what speed. Once the password has been bypassed, the device can download the entire contents of the phone or tablet.

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It is this latter feature that iOS seems to have disabled. Once the device is unlocked, GrayKey can only extract unencrypted files and metadata Forbes, Since every iPhone without an authentication code automatically encrypts the contents of the device, the font can not access much.

Nobody knows what has changed in iOS 12 to make the unlock tool useless. "This could range from improving kernel protection to stricter configuration profile installation restrictions," said Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft Cybersecurity. Forbes,

Grayshift, the manufacturer of Greykey, could find a workaround. It has many reasons: it has sold this hacking tool to local and national law enforcement agencies.

All of this is part of a fundamental perspective difference between Apple and the law enforcement. The iPhone maker sees privacy as a basic human right and does everything possible to secure its devices.

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