Apple is closing a security breach that allows outsiders to extract personal information from blocked iPhones without a password, a change that will frustrate law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations.
The lagoon closed in a next update of Apple's iOS software, which works with iPhones.
Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion through the Lightning port used to both transfer data and load iPhones. The port will continue to work after the update, but will turn off the data one hour after the phone has been locked if the correct password is not entered.
The current failure has provided a point of entry for US authorities. UU Since the FBI paid an unidentified third party in 2016 to unlock an iPhone used by a serial killer in the San Bernardino shootout a few months earlier. The FBI sought outside help after Apple rejected the agency's efforts to make the company create a security backdoor in iPhone technology.
The refusal of Apple to cooperate with the FBI at that time it became a political hot potato that confronted the rights of its clients against the broader interests of public safety. While waging his successful campaign of 2016, President Donald Trump lashed out at Apple for denying access to the FBI to the blockaded iPhone of the San Bernardino killer.
In a statement on Wednesday, Apple framed its decision to reinforce the iPhone's security even more as part of its crusade to protect the highly personal information its customers store on their phones.
CEO Tim Cook has considered privacy a "fundamental" right of people and skewered both Facebook and one of Apple's biggest rivals, Google, for seeking large amounts of personal information about users of its services free to sell advertising based on your interests. During the 2016 Apple battle with the FBI, he described the FBI's efforts to make the company modify its software as a "dangerous precedent" in an open letter.
"We are constantly reinforcing the security protections in each Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions in their personal data," Apple said. "We have the greatest respect for the application of the law, and we do not design our security improvements to thwart their efforts to do their job."
was first reported by several new media, including Reuters and The New York Times.  It is not clear what it took Apple so long to close an iPhone entry that it had become known among legal authorities and, presumably, criminals as well.
It came to that point that two different firms, Cellebrite based in Israel and the USA. UU Start Grayshift, began selling its services to law enforcement agencies that were trying to hack blocked iPhones, according to media reports. Grayshift, founded by a former Apple engineer, even markets a $ 15,000 device designed to help police exploit the security hole in current iPhone software.
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