Monday’s release of the iOS 11.4.1 software update included the typical bug fixes but also the introduction of USB restricted Mode — Apple’s newest anti-hacking feature. This precaution was designed to keep a USB connection from downloading data through the Lightning port to crack the iPhone or iPad’s passcode, to the cheering of privacy activists.
That said, a team of security researchers at the Russian firm ElcomSoft, claim to have discovered a way of keeping USB Restricted Mode from kicking in altogether.
According to the digital forensics expert Oleg Afonin, this will only sidestep the measure if it hasn’t been engaged. To that end, the firm has found “no obvious way” to break USB Restricted Mode when it is already active.
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