Security on Apple devices might not be as impenetrable as many thought.

Forbes reported this week that Cellebrite, an Israel-based vendor and major U.S. government contractor, is now able to unlock new iPhones. Bryce Austin, CEO at Minneapolis-based IT consulting company TCE Strategy, said if the reports are true, it’s a major blow to the security that all iPhone users assume Apple has built into their devices.

“Ever since the showdown between Apple and the FBI in February 2016, it was assumed that Apple was trying hard to make extremely secure mobile devices,” he said.

Cellebrite reportedly has developed techniques to get into devices through operating systems as recent as iOS 11 and is advertising these techniques to law enforcement and private forensics experts across the globe.

Austin’s advice for consumers and IT leaders in response to this news is two-fold:

  1. “It’s critical for consumers and for businesses to keep mobile devices patched, and to retire those devices that can no longer be patched.
  2. It’s critical to adopt a cybersecurity posture that assumes that end point devices can be compromised, and to limit the amount of damage that any compromised end point can do.”
 

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