iOS Security Failure: ElcomSoft Has Hacked the iOS 4

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ElcomSoft, a Russian company working in data security, has blown the security of the iOS‚Äö√Ñ√¥s passcode and encryption system away.  They had been previously famous for its backup cracker last year, and now has found a way to bypass the security features on the iPhone, iPad, and new iPod Touches.

 Apple‚Äö√Ñ√¥s Data Protection hardware system uses a 256-bit AES encryption and individual files go onto the Unique ID.  This is true for every newer device running on the iOS 4, and the terminal fault was the default four-digit passcode and the ability to use escrow keys that have been stored.  The main point of this is that there is no way to guarantee the security of data on the iPhone, even if the password is protected and the computer synced to it has been equally put behind security measures.

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 ElcomSoft acknowledges that this new development has the ability to violate the privacy of iPhone users, even be used for theft and organized crime.  Instead, they hope to give this to governmental bodies like ‚Äö√Ñ√∫law enforcement, forensic and intelligence organizations and select government agencies,‚Äö√Ñ√π says Vladimir Katalov, the ElcomSoft CEO.  This will undoubtedly find a flurry of resistance from iPhone owners who do not want even the government to have carte blanche over the content of their smartphone.

 A general license for this software will costs $128, though the ability to actually crack the iOS 4 software will only be sold to the approved groups and individuals.  If this cracking technology is recognized by government agencies then it looks as though ElcomSoft will have a gold mine on their hands, working directly as a private contractor would in different software sectors.  The only issue there will be how they verify the credentials of people purchasing the full software, and if they will recognize the governmental authority of nations that are under question by the international community.

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