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1. Oktober 2018

First Case Surfaces of Law Enforcement Forcing Suspect to Unlock iPhone With Face ID

A Forbes report has highlighted the first known case of law enforcement forcing a suspect to unlock an iPhone using Face ID.

The incident reportedly happened in August when federal agents obtained a warrant to search the house of a man in Columbus, Ohio, as part of a child abuse investigation.

Apple marketing image for Face ID According to case documents, FBI agents asked 28-year-old Grant Michalski to put his face in front of his iPhone X to activate the Face ID facial authentication.

Michalski is said to have cooperated, allowing investigators to look through chat history, photos, and other files stored on the phone. Evidence discovered on the device [...]

 
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7. September 2018

Apple to Launch a Global Law Enforcement Web Portal to Streamline Data Requests by End of 2018 [Updated]

Apple this week announced it will be launching a dedicated web portal by the end of 2018 for authenticated law enforcement officers to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from the company.

Photo: Alejandro Mejía Greene via Flickr/Creative Commons Apple also said it is building a team of professionals dedicated to training law enforcement officers, which the company believes will improve its ability to reach smaller police forces and agencies around the world. This will include the development of an online training module for officers.

The web portal will be available globally as part of Apple’s new Law Enforcement [...]

 
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14. Juni 2018

Apple Confirms Plans to Disable Law Enforcement Access to iPhone via Tools Like GrayKey Box

Apple has confirmed that it is closing a technological loophole that allows law enforcement officials to hack into iPhones through USB-based hardware solutions like the GrayKey box, reports The New York Times.

Apple said it was planning an iPhone software update that would effectively disable the phone’s charging and data port — the opening where users plug in headphones, power cables and adapters — an hour after the phone is locked. In order to transfer data to or from the iPhone using the port, a person would first need to enter the phone’s password.

As we shared last week, the feature that prevents USB accessories from connecting to an iPhone [...]

 
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8. Mai 2018

iOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Connector After 7 Days, Limiting Law Enforcement Access

The iOS 11.4 update, currently being beta tested, includes a USB Restricted Mode that introduces a week-long expiration date on access to the Lightning port on your iOS devices if your phone hasn’t been unlocked, which has implications for law enforcement tools like the GrayKey box.

USB Restricted Mode was outlined this morning by Elcomsoft after testing confirmed that the feature has indeed been enabled. In Elcomsoft’s experience, after an iPhone or iPad has been updated to iOS 11.4, if it hasn’t been unlocked or connected to a paired computer in the last 7 days using a passcode, the Lightning port is useless for data access and limited to [...]

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