Apple in a statement to AppleInsider on Wednesday said that the incarnation of iOS 12 of the "Restricted USB Mode" will frustrate not only criminals, but searches for spies and police.
With regard to law enforcement, it was created to protect iPhone owners in countries where the police confiscate phones at will. The movement is aimed at regions with less legal protections than EE. UU
"At Apple, we place the customer at the center of everything we design." We are constantly reinforcing the security protections in each Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and data intrusions. personal, "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."
Apple decided to make improvements in iOS security after learning about the iPhone cracking techniques used by both criminals and law enforcement agencies. In particular, the company chose to remove the USB stack from the equation, an action that provides enhanced protection without serious detriment to the user experience.
With the USB restricted mode, those who try to gain unjustified access to an iPhone will have an hour or less to reach a cracking device before being blocked.
In iOS 12 beta, data access through a Lightning port is interrupted if a device has not been unlocked in the last hour. That's even more difficult than Apple's initial beta versions of the restricted USB mode, which simply required accessories to be connected to an unlocked device or a device to be unlocked with an attached accessory, at least once a week.
The new policy seems bent on interrupting the hacking techniques of digital forensic firms such as Cellebrite and GrayShift. It is believed that Cellebrite in particular for the signature that the FBI used to decipher the iPhone 5c from San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, which allowed Apple and the US Department of Justice to avoid a protracted battle over whether the former could be forced to iOS.
Several officials of the US law enforcement and espionage agencies have complained that Internet communications are "dying out" thanks to the growing use of end-to-end encryption, which even prevents the companies that implement it from intercept data. Some politicians have lined up to impose back doors, although nothing has resulted from these efforts.
Apple and other encryption advocates have responded by saying that privacy is a right and that any backdoor should be discovered by malicious criminals and governments. Some critics may include EE. UU In the latter category, given the massive surveillance efforts of the FBI and the NSA.
Updated with comments from Apple