In an upcoming update, Apple will release a new cybersecurity feature for the iPhone. It will provide protection to its customers against government-sponsored cyberattacks.
Apple announced on Wednesday the arrival of the feature “Lock mode”. It will be available later this year for iPhone, iPad and also Mac users. Lock Mode aims primarily to fight against government-class spyware. According to the tech giant, this mode would be a “extreme optional protection”. Nevertheless, few users of Apple devices will need this option. The fact is that this guy of computer attacks is highly targeted.
Extreme protection thanks to Lock Mode
Concretely, the Lock mode intervenes in disabling several device functions. In this way, hackers will have considerably fewer possibilities to spy on their targets. So, the goal is to make the device less susceptible to government-sponsored computer attacks.
Additionally, Lockdown Mode makes wired connections not possible to prevent data from being copied to the device. Finally, it similarly stops incoming Apple service requests such as FaceTime.
These measures respond in particular to the flaws that security researchers have found. Indeed, according to them, the government spyware can affect these functions. For example, unwanted software can read call log and messages. They also have the ability to upload photos or secretly record information via the microphone.
This type of hacking even allows take pictures with photo sensor of the device. Besides, the passwords and real-time contact details (via devices) of the user are equally accessible.
If these measures already seem very strict, Apple has decided to look for the weaknesses of this feature. So he promised two million dollars to researchers who discover a security flaw in the latter.
Apple cares about each of its customers
The establishment of the Lock mode comes after disturbing revelations about the Apple device security. They referred to pirates in the service of a state. Effectively, of recent iPhone models are vulnerable to cyberattacks Of type “zero click”. This means that the user can be hacked without having to click a link.
Of course, state hacks use particularly expensive tools. Therefore, such attacks only affects a small portion of users. According to the Washington Post, human rights activists and journalists have already been victims of spyware.
“While the vast majority of users will never fall victim to highly targeted cyberattacks, we will work tirelessly to protect the small number of users who do. »
Ivan Krstić, head of engineering and security architecture at Apple
Thus, the American giant will launch the Lock mode on iOS 16, iPadOS 16 as well as macOS Ventura. These should be released later this year with the new iPhone range (iPhone 14).