Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Apple Just Killed GrayKey iPhone Passcode Hack

GrayKey iPhone

How Apple’s iOS 12 may have just Blocked GrayKey from accessing your iPhone

Everyone believes Apple’s iPhones are one of the best smart phones in the market which maybe true of course! One of the main reasons why, is because of the tight security that Apple gadgets gives to a user. This is at least what many believe to be true but is it a fact? In Android while everything is open source where all are able to see and dissect- that is if you’re an expert in such stuff, Apple seems to be a closed book. That is until GrayKey.

Apple, this may come as a surprise to some, but it is still not indefensible.With GrayKey, users, that is mainly law enforcement, can access your data which is kept locked up in your phone. Of course this whole procedure has not come cheap to them.

What really is GrayKey? 


Grayshift, the makers behind GrayKey manufactured a device that can apparently unlock your iPhone and get to your data. This GrayKey is only sold to law enforcement but has now become useless after Apple’s release of iOS 12.

Grayshift keeps the coding to GrayKey a secret and sells it only to governments and law enforcement to decrypt encrypted devices such as the iPhone.

GrayKey sells for $15,000 a piece with that one piece being able to unlock only 300 devices and for the unlimited variety, the government would have to shell out another $15,000.

Apple’s first Strike to GrayKey: 


The unlimited license that GrayKey provided became less appealing over the summer as Apple launched USB restricted mode in iOS. This update basically ensures that iPhone data is secure after one hour of the phone being locked.

This defense was however short lived as many experts speculated that hackers could keep iPhones unlocked for longer until they got into secure files.

GrayKey one Apple zero!

Apple comes out the winner with GrayKey: 


With iOS 12 Apple seems to have turned the tables on GrayKey. How you say? Well we don’t really know. All we do know is that GrayKey will be able to work only on partial extraction mode now. Which means that all law enforcement officials will be able to get is a few unencrypted files, metadata, folders and not much else.

Keeping a secret with GrayKey:


Grayshift or the makers behind GrayKey have kept everything hush hush about their breakthrough gadget. So, it becomes difficult to speculate how exactly Apple has blocked GrayKey without really knowing how it works.

The bare minimum that we know, is that GrayKey would run propriety software onto the iPhone and open the passcode without the retry option coming on.

Apple may have used deep kernel changes as well as the previous USB restricted mode to block GrayKey besides other things.

But this is not the end for GrayKey. As the company has made a lot of money in the Apple iPhone hacking game it is not likely that they are going to quit anytime soon.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Mac Mini Packs a Huge Punch

New Mac Mini

A More Powerful New Mac Mini to get the Job Done!

The theme running with all the Apple gadgets released this time has been- more power and more work done. The new mac mini is no different too. Apple has boosted the performance of the new mac mini with quad and 6 core processors, 64GB of enhanced memory and a super- fast all flash storage. What’s more and this one is going to be greatly appreciated by all those concerned with protecting the environment- Apple has made the new mac mini from recycled materials.

So, now without wasting more time let’s look at the specs of the new mac mini: 


Sleek and recycled enclosure with the new Mac Mini:

Apple has made the enclosure of the mac mini in a cool space grey with recycled aluminum. This is the first time that an Apple gadget has been made from recyclable materials.

Don’t you go and think now, that it wouldn’t be as good as other Apple gadgets. Apple promises that you get the same quality finish with the new recycled material that all their other gadgets have.

Aluminum is not the only recycled material that has been used but Apple has also gone ahead with recycling post- consumer plastic in parts like the foot of the new mac mini. All in all, the carbon footprint in making the new mac mini is dropped to less than 50%.

A More Powerful Processor with the New Mac Mini: 


Apple has given the new mac mini a major upgrade in terms of a power boost with the quad- 6-core 8th generation Intel Core processor. This processor gives you turbo boost like never before with speeds reaching 4.6GHz.

Tasks that seemed taxing before are now made easy with the new mac mini such as photo and video editing and even software and app development.

The new mac mini gives you 64GB of 2,666MHz memory so that you can now load larger files in much lesser the time than before.

Apple T2 Security Chip inside the New Mac Mini: 


Apple has brought industry level security to the new mac mini with the T2 security chip. The T2 security chip features an SSD controller with data encryption which means that any and all of your data that passes through the chip is automatically encrypted.

The T2 security chip also comes with a Secure Enclave which ensures that all software that loads during the booting process has not been tampered with. The T2 chip also comes with features like HEVC video transcoding that enables you to work more quickly and with a higher resolution.

macOS Mojave on the New Mac Mini: 


All the latest or new macs come with Apple’s new macOS Mojave, featuring the new dark mode that puts the focus on user content and a whole bunch of new features.

The macOS Mojave is pegged as one of the best desktop OS to be released to date.

You can get the new mac mini starting at $799.