Apple offers two million dollars to anyone who hacks the new iPhone security mode

(ORDO NEWS) — Lockdown Mode not only offers “unprecedented” protection for the iPhone, but also severely restricts the owner of the device.

The American company Apple will pay two million dollars to anyone who can crack the protection mode called Lockdown Mode, which appeared in the sixteenth version of the iOS mobile operating system, writes the Gizchina portal.

The new “impenetrable” function is aimed at effectively combating Pegasus (capable of extracting text messages, photos, emails, recording calls, turning on the microphone and camera remotely), and other similar spyware installed on devices without the knowledge of the owners.

“While the vast majority of users will never be the victim of a targeted cyberattack, we still need to protect all owners of Apple products.

Lockdown Mode is a revolutionary feature that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from attacks,” said Ivan Krst, director of engineering and security architecture at Apple.

As Apple noted, Lockdown Mode offers “an extreme extra layer of security.” However, there is one “but”. Although the mode enhances the protection of the device, at the same time it significantly limits the functions of the smartphone itself – this is a “payment” for security.

For example, while the iPhone is switched to Lockdown Mode, the following will be banned: most types of attachments, except for images; preview links in the iMessage instant messaging app; invitations sent through Apple services, such as FaceTime calls from unknown numbers; wired connections to a computer or accessories when the iPhone is locked. In addition, websites will run slower by disabling Just In Time JavaScript compilation.

The new feature will be available for developer testing this summer, with an official release scheduled for the fall. You can read more about iOS 16 itself on the Apple website .

Western media write that Lockdown Mode may not be required for ordinary Apple customers. But it makes sense to turn it on if you are at risk of attack – say, as a journalist.

Here it is worth recalling the story of the murder of 59-year-old Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the building of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

According to American forensic scientists, the UAE intelligence agencies installed Pegasus spyware on the phone of the journalist’s fiancée a few months before his death.


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