Apple shuts down iPhone cracking loophole used by police

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Apple has defended an iPhone update that blocks police from unlocking suspects’ smartphones to hunt for evidence.

Law enforcement can currently “crack” security measures using a piece of hardware that generates sequences of numbers to unlock smartphones so they can access messages and potential evidence without needing a PIN. 

Police and forensics officials in the US are understood to be using a piece of kit called GrayKey, which takes around three to six days to work out a six digit passcode.

The small grey box uses lightning cables sticking out of the front to connect two iPhones at a time. The device, created by secretive Israeli cyber security company Cellebrite, is reported to cost around…

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