Apple is bolstering iPhone security with a software update that undercuts law enforcement’s favorite method of cracking the device. The loophole was popularized during a highly documented showdown in 2016 when Apple refused to help authorities unlock the phone of the San Bernardino mass killer. The authorities then opted to circumvent Apple and went directly to a third party for assistance. Police departments can now buy a $15,000 device that unlocks iPhones.
The friction between authoritarians and anti-authoritarians continues its prolonged advance.
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