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  • Prominent Attorneys General Encourage iOS 7 Upgrade for Better Security


    Two prominent Attorneys Generals on opposite coasts of the United States have found middle-ground in mobile today.

    Specifically, San Francisco District Attorney General George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are praising the security features afforded by iOS 7 and are encouraging everyone to upgrade.

    On Thursday, the Attorneys General released a joint statement to assert their argument.

    "We are pleased that Apple is set to release a new mobile operating system that includes a theft deterrent feature called Activation Lock," the statement reads. "This is an important first step towards ending the global epidemic of smartphone theft."

    “In the months ahead, it is our hope that Activation Lock will prove to be an effective deterrent to theft, and that the widespread use of this new system will end the victimization of iPhone users, as thieves learn that the devices have no value on the secondary market," the statement continues. "We are particularly pleased that – because Activation Lock is a feature associated with Apple's new operating system as opposed to a new device – it will be available to consumers with older phone models who download the free upgrade."

    To read the full statement shared on the NY Attorney General's website, click here.

    Source: NY AG Office
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Prominent Attorneys General Encourage iOS 7 Upgrade for Better Security started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      !!!Warning Conspiracy Theory!!!

      does it have some new spyware they want to test

      end of

      !!!Conspiracy Theory Warning !!!

      phones will still get stolen because software can't phisically stop a thief
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      I don't believe anything coming from the mouth of an attorney, especially a government one, and even more so, one from San Francisco or New York!
    1. dapes's Avatar
      dapes -
      Theft will continue to happen regardless of the new finger print scan. Did find my iPhone put an end to stolen phones? Of course not.
    1. xWalmartCandyx's Avatar
      xWalmartCandyx -
      Can't the thief take the iPhone home, put it in recovery mode and restore?
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      Nope not with activation lock. To restore you have to know the iCloud password.

      Not sure why a person could not just put the phone I. dfu and restore tho.
    1. xWalmartCandyx's Avatar
      xWalmartCandyx -
      Quote Originally Posted by tankz504 View Post
      Nope not with activation lock. To restore you have to know the iCloud password.
      So even when its in recovery mode?
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      Yup. It's a server side type of protection. Good stuff!
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      if it's server side it should work across all iOS's no need for anybody to upgrade to iOS 7 to take advantage
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      if it's server side it should work across all iOS's no need for anybody to upgrade to iOS 7 to take advantage
      Only if the software supports it. 'Lock & key'. Lock is in the ios, key is on the server. This is where they will play on the fears of jailbreak: 'if a jailbreak even exists, it defeats Activation Lock'.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      maybe pwnd dfu would brake this as well then, not just having a jailbreak, either way it's still flawed security
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      I guess they didnt know about the Lockscreen bypass bug in iOS7...smh

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygree...il-or-twitter/
    1. Cmds187's Avatar
      Cmds187 -
      Already here we go
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      All for naught unless the iPhone's IMEI is hardened (i.e. can't be changed). Just sayin...
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by tankz504 View Post
      Nope not with activation lock. To restore you have to know the iCloud password.

      Not sure why a person could not just put the phone I. dfu and restore tho.
      Even with a dfu restore it will require the I cloud password to activate the phone.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      I guess they didnt know about the Lockscreen bypass bug in iOS7...smh

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygree...il-or-twitter/
      He never shows that the phone is asking for a pass code again. If it is not asking for a pass code that's how it functions. If it is asking for a pass code then any action to the home button brings back the lock screen.
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      http://modmyi.com/content/12247-ios-...ia.htmlhttp://

      iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Provides Access to Photos, Email and Social Media

      Lol

      iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Provides Access to Photos, Email and Social Media

      iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Provides Access to Photos, Email and Social Media

      iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Provides Access to Photos, Email and Social Media

    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      I don't believe anything coming from the mouth of an attorney, especially a government one, and even more so, one from San Francisco or New York!
      what a stupid thing to say.
    1. lungho's Avatar
      lungho -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      what a stupid thing to say.
      Says the ostrich with his head in the sand. Afraid of a dose of reality?