FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about unlocking encrypted phones

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Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are continuing to voice their displeasure with Apple’s approach to iPhone security, with one FBI official reportedly calling the company “jerks” and an “evil genius” this week.

Apple has repeatedly made it more difficult to access data on encrypted iPhones, making Apple customers safer from hackers but also preventing the FBI from breaking into phones used by suspected criminals.

“At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?” FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a report by Motherboard. “Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff.”

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OnePlus 5T receives update to improve unlocking, video recording, and more

OnePlus’ latest flagship, the 5T, just went on sale two days ago. It looks like OnePlus may have found a few last-minute bugs in the software, because Oxygen OS 4.7.2 has started rolling out to the phone with a few helpful fixes included.

The update in question is Oxygen OS 4.7.2, with an update size of 107MB. According to the changelog, it includes fixes for face unlock, fingerprint unlock, screen off gestures, EIS during video recording, and others.

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Issue with Pixel 2 bootloader unlocking has been fixed by Google

Google has fixed yet another issue with its Pixel 2 smartphone. The issue in question prevented users from unlocking the bootloader as they complained the slider for OEM unlocking was disabled on their units that were purchased directly from the company. A bug was filed with Google, and the company updated today on its issue tracking website that the problem has been fixed. Users are being advised to factory reset their device and make sure it’s connected to the Internet during the initial setup. Following is what Google exactly said: Source | Via

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Bootloader unlocking appears to be disabled on some Pixel 2 phones purchased from Google

Many people, like myself, look at Google’s phones for one specific reason: they have an easily unlocked bootloader. That means when software support runs dry, or you get the itch to root/ROM, you can modify things without having to compound any potential security concerns with additional issues like exploits or undocumented software. If that’s your motivation, too, this news could be a small concern. Some Pixel 2s purchased directly from Google seem to have locked-down bootloaders. 

If last year’s Pixels are anything to go by, typically it’s just the Verizon models that have locked bootloaders, lending some credence to the theory going around that Google may have inadvertently shipped some Verizon models in place of its own unlocked SKU, though hardware IDs don’t seem to agree.

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