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Apple will fix iOS 10 easier-to-crack device backups

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Recently, a safety investigation determined that backups of iOS 10 are much more vulnerable than in previous versions of Apple ‘s mobile operating system.

Backups of iTunes, according to Elcomsoft, are relatively easy to crack. In fact, they said they are 2,500 times easier to hack than iOS 9. A serious security issue iOS 10.

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Fortunately, Apple knows the problem and is preparing to release a new update (probably iOS 10.0.3) to correct these problems encryption backups in iTunes.

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The Cupertino company has recently released a statement:

“WE KNOW THE PROBLEM AFFECTING ENCRYPTING
BACKUPS OF IOS 10 DEVICES WITH ITUNES ON
YOUR PC OR MAC. WE’RE CORRECTING THE PROBLEM IN AN
UPCOMING SECURITY UPDATE. THIS DOES NOT
AFFECT BACKUPS OF ICLOUD. “

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Additionally, Apple added:

“WE RECOMMEND THAT USERS ENSURE THAT YOUR
MAC OR PC ARE PROTECTED WITH PASSWORDS
COMPLEX AND THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED BY
AUTHORIZED USERS.”

The system password protection algorithms iOS 10 PBKDF2 is old. Moreover, the algorithm used in IOS 9 is called SHA256. And according to security company Elcomsoft the same 10,000 passwords are used in 30% of accounts. This would allow a hacker to carry out an attack on iTunes backup of a user and obtain important information such as bank accounts, personal information, addresses, and even health data with HealthKit.

So you know guys, if you want to improve your safety is best to set an alphanumeric password (letters and numbers) the greatest possible number of digits in your Apple account.

Source | Engadget

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