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Russian Security Group Breaks iOS Encryption

Apple’s hard work maintaining tight security with its iOS through sophisticated encryption have been at least partially setback, as security experts at ElcomSoft announced they have cracked iOS 4 encryption and that crack may soon be publicly available.

ElcomSoft is a leading security firm based in Russia. Vladimir Katlov, a member of the team that made this crack possible, revealed that the firm adopted a bit-to-bit image decryption method that made the successfully decrypted images accessible via sophisticated forensic tools like Guidance EnCase and FTK.

However, he also said that it is not possible to break the encryption without having physical access to the device in question.

“Decryption is not possible without having access to the actual device because we need to obtain the encryption keys that are stored in (or computed by) the device and are not dumped or stored during typical physical acquisition,” said Katlov, The Next Web reported.

The firm is now believed to be working on making the toolset, used for the “crack”, available in the market. However, ordinary iPhone users shouldn't worry much about their privacy, for the company made it clear that only authenticated agencies, such as law enforcement groups, can get their hands on this technology.