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Apple Approves Telegram App Update

Apple approves Telegram app update, a day after being accused of halting them

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Apple has reportedly approved to update the cloud-based instant messaging app “Telegram” on iOS after its CEO, a Russian internet entrepreneur, Pavel Durov complained about the iPhone-maker blocking the app updates in a public “Telegram” message.

“Apple has been preventing ‘Telegram’ from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove ‘Telegram’ from the app store,” Durav wrote on Friday.

“While Russia makes up only 7 per cent of Telegram’s userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”

The Russian government banned Telegram in April because the messaging app company, in an ongoing court trial in Russia refused to hand over encryption keys that would allow the country’s “Federal Security Service (FSB)”, access to sensitive user data.

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Along with Amazon and Google Cloud platforms, the Russian government requested Apple also to pull “Telegram” off their respective app stores to which the Cupertino, California-headquarted did not succumb, The Verge reported.

“Thank you @Apple and @tim_cook for letting us deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users, despite the recent setbacks,” Durov tweeted on Saturday.

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Launched in 2013, “Telegram” was invented by Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network “VKontakte” and left Russia in 2014.

“By attempting to block the ‘Telegram’ messaging app, the Russian authorities are launching the latest in a series of attacks on online freedom of expression in the country,” Denis Krivosheev, the human rights group’s deputy director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia had said in April. (IANS)

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Cops Can Unlock The Security Password In The Upcoming IPhones

The FBI says it sought Apple's help in unlocking the encrypted iPhone

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The upcoming iPhones and iPads will plug a security hole that the police and law enforcement officials have used to crack into the highly-secure devices in the past, Apple has said.

According to a report in The Fortune on Wednesday, Apple will soon update its current operating system that runs iPads and iPhones.

“Apple will add ‘USB Restricted Mode’, an option that disables the USB port for any kind of data transfer or interactions if a device hasn’t been unlocked in the previous hour,” said the report.

Any attempt to break into the device would need to plug it into a hardware-cracking device very quickly.

In most cases, law enforcement would be unable to react fast enough.

“We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves, and intrusions into their personal data,” Apple said.

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Apple has had a strained relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the past when the US agency asked the tech giant to give it access to iPhones owned by terrorists and shooters.

Apple refused the FBI’s request to help it unlock the encrypted iPhone of the terrorist who executed the attack in San Bernardino, California in December 2015 that left 14 dead.

Apple said it would not break its customer’s trust and argued that the device’s encryption could not be defeated — even by the company.

The FBI later obtained a hacking tool that allowed the agency to access the contents of the terrorist’s iPhone.

A US court in 2017 allowed the FBI to keep secret the information regarding the tool that was used to hack iPhone 5C used by terrorist Syed Farook.

In another case, the FBI said it sought Apple’s help in unlocking the encrypted iPhone used by Devin P. Kelley who killed 26 people at a rural Texas church but Apple refused to help.

Refuting the FBI’s claim, Apple said it reached out to the bureau “immediately” to offer assistance in getting into the gunman’s iPhone and expedite its response to any legal process.

The data of most Apple devices is encrypted and can only be accessed by entering the correct passcode. If the wrong iPhone passcode is entered 10 times, its data is automatically erased.

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In its bi-annual transparency report in May, Apple said the governments around the world sent requests for device information on 29,718 Apple devices, with India asking for 27 device requests in the July-December 2017 period.

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The governments and private parties also requested information on 3,358 Apple accounts and data was provided in 82 per cent of cases. (IANS)

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