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Apple is committed to privacy protection, and the Cupertino tech giant has now disabled the GrayKey iPhone unlocking device that is used by law enforcement agencies to crack the passcodes on iPhones, Forbes reports.

The unique tool, which is priced from $15,000 to $30,000 is created by American startup brand Grayshift, and founded by long-time U.S. intelligence agency contractors, and an ex-Apple security engineer.

According to Forbes, multiple anonymous sources say that the GrayKey box is unable to obtain the passcodes of any iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 or later.

While it’s not clear what Apple had done exactly to block GrayKey entirely, a forensic expert speculated that “it could be everything from better kernel protection to stronger configuration-profile installation restrictions.”

Additionally, according to police officer Captain John Sherwin (from the Rochester Police Department in Minnesota), he commented that it’s a “fairly accurate assessment” to say that Apple has stopped GrayKey from unlocking devices running iOS 12. Head on over to Forbes for the full story.

Up next, Tim Cook warns of a “data industrial complex” and calls for tech privacy laws.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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