If you own an iPhone, you should be concerned about GrayKey. That’s the name for a new kind of device that’s becoming increasingly popular with law enforcement agencies across the U.S., according to recent reports. It’s popular because it unlocks iPhones protected with a passcode, even ones running Apple’s most recent software, iOS 11.
GrayKey is the product of Grayshift, a security company based in Atlanta that was co-founded by an ex-Apple security engineer. The device itself is a nondescript black box with two Lightning cables sticking out. But once you connect a locked iPhone, it can somehow bypass Apple’s built-in protections against repeatedly attempting to guess the phone’s passcode — effectively letting users “brute force” the code and get in after a certain amount of tries. A four-digit code becomes practically useless, and a six-digit code might take a few days to crack at the most. Read more…
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