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Apple iPhone security; says change aimed at blocking hackers, not the enforcement of the law

Apple will be the address of a popular law enforcement tool to hack into iPhones, the company announced Wednesday.

(Reuters)

Apple Inc. announced a change to the iPhone default settings on Wednesday that is intended to provide the user information against unauthorized access.

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The tech company said the change is aimed at blocking hackers, and not the obstructing law enforcement agencies from doing their work, Reuters reported.

The iPhone operating system is now cut off communication through the USB port when the phone is not unlocked in the past hour, the report said.

The security step addresses a glitch that allowed hackers or government agencies to bypass the operating system of the current security settings, the company told Reuters.

Forensic companies that once employed machinery to break through the security provisions will now only have one hour to execute code on the devices. Security researchers estimate that the new feature will cut phone access with as much as 90 percent.

Apple has ensured that the new security measure is primarily focused on protecting users in despotic countries, not to make law enforcement’s job more difficult.

“We are constantly working to strengthen the security in every Apple product to customers, to help protect against hackers, identity thieves and breaches of their personal data,” Apple said in a statement, quoted by Reuters. “We have a lot of respect for the enforcement of the law, and we are not of the design of our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their work.”

Apple had long been known for making the update, that law enforcement agencies and unfriendly parties are exploiting the glitch, Reuters reported.

Apple is at the forefront of the battle between tech companies and law enforcement to transfer data in extreme cases. The company went to court in 2016 about his refusal to break into the iPhone of a shooter who, along with his wife, killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.

Then-FBI Director James Comey admitted, there was no way the agency can force the company to comply with the requirements. The FBI eventually contracted a third party to break into the phone.

Skeptics emphasize that the increased security measures will only stimulate the demand for hackers outside the government.

The new security feature that has already been tested on the beta versions of iOS will be available in future iPhone models.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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