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New iOS 11 security feature will help iPhone users fight the power

The latest iOS 111 beta has revealed a new security feature that will enable iPhone owners to temporarily disable the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Rapidly pressing the Home button five times will bring up an SOS button . This will alert emergency contacts to your whereabouts . This much we knew. However, accessing the SOS screen also disables Touch ID until the user s passcode is entered (via Apple Insider2). The so-called cop button arrives with lingering controversy over law enforcement pressing citizens to unlock their phones using the fingerprint sensors.

In February 2016, a Federal Judge in Los Angeles3 signed a search warrant that forced a woman to unlock her iPhone with her fingerprint.

Related: iPhone 84

Last December Scotland Yard officers snatched a smartphone from a suspect5 while it was unlocked, in order to bypass the security. Police in Michigan even 3D printed a murder victim s fingerprint6 in order to unlock a smart device. Pass codes remain off limits to law enforcement officials, which is what makes the new cop button all the more powerful.

If iPhone users believe they re in a position where they may be asked to unlock their phone with a fingerprint, they can simply press the home button five times in succession to disable it.

iOS 11 is nearly here

iOS 11 is approaching completion with the full release expected around a month from now. Given the latest rumours are pointing towards an iPhone 8 without a Touch ID sensor, it ll be interesting to see whether this new feature will apply to the expected Face ID feature. The new OS will bring a redesigned control centre, the brand new Apple Files directory, peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments, improved Siri and a Do Not Disturb while driving mode.

Will you be downloading iOS 11 when it lands or waiting until it s clear of potential launch bugs ?

Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

References

  1. ^ iOS 11 (www.trustedreviews.com)
  2. ^ Apple Insider (appleinsider.com)
  3. ^ Federal Judge in Los Angeles (www.theatlantic.com)
  4. ^ iPhone 8 (www.trustedreviews.com)
  5. ^ snatched a smartphone from a suspect (www.trustedreviews.com)
  6. ^ 3D printed a murder victim s fingerprint (www.theverge.com)

Security review after drone lands on Queen Elizabeth deck

Published: 12:15 Saturday 12 August 2017

Security is under review after an amateur photographer managed to land a drone on the deck of Britain s newest aircraft carrier. The 70,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest warship in the Royal Navy – was docked in Invergordon in the Highlands when the drone was flown close to the carrier last month. The tiny aircraft then landed itself on the deck of the 3 billion vessel after sensing a high wind risk. The anonymous photographer – a member of the Black Isle Images amateur photography group – said he was surprised to have been unchallenged, even when he reported the incident to armed guards at the dock. The drone pilot told BBC Scotland: I could have carried two kilos of Semtex and left it on the deck. I could have been anybody . It was like a ghost ship.

READ MORE: 3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth vulnerable to low-cost missiles 1 The photographer took the oppportunity to take footage of the new aircraft carrier when it arrived in Invergordon last month, piloting his DJI Phantom drone from the other side of the Cromarty Firth. The drone was equiped with anti-crash sensors which automatically land the aircraft if it is in danger.

The non-slip coating of the carrier s deck allowed the drone – which usually avoids steel structures – to touch down . The drone pilot then took a photograph and managed to take off again. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: We take the security of HMS Queen Elizabeth very seriously.

This incident has been reported to Police Scotland, an investigation is under way and we stepped up our security measures in light of it.


References

  1. ^ link to article (www.scotsman.com)

Security concerns after hobbyist lands 300 drone on deck of Royal Navy’s new 3bn flagship

Once it is fully operational, HMS Queen Elizabeth will doubtless be the most heavily protected vessel in the Royal Navy . For now, however, it seems the 3bn pride of the British fleet is so lightly defended that a 300 drone can be landed for an unauthorised visit to the aircraft carrier s decks.

An amateur enthusiast has told how he overflew the largest and most expensive warship ever built for Britain s armed forces with his Parrot Bebop drone before briefly landing on its vast flight deck as it sat, apparently unmanned, on Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands.

I suppose I could have been a Talibani or anything.

Unnamed pilot who landed drone on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Security

The ability of a hobbyist to take a private and unchallenged remote-controlled tour of Big Lizzy will raise difficult questions about security surrounding the vessel as well as throwing into sharp relief the fact that the carrier will not have its own complement of aircraft for authorised take-offs and landings for several years to come.

The drone pilot, who asked not be named, posted footage on Facebook1 of a series of flights over the carrier while it was docked at Invergordon during ongoing sea trials before it is due to arrive at its new home port of Portsmouth as early as next week.

The enthusiast told the Inverness Courier: I was amazed that I was able to land on the aircraft carrier for two reasons, the first being that there was no-one to prevent it from landing, although there were security police around in small boats who were waving at the drone.

High winds

The amateur flier said he had been forced to land on the deck of the ship after a warning of high winds on the control panel of his drone.

He added: I expected the deck to be steel, which would send the drone s electronic landing systems haywire, but I was able to touch down OK and took a couple of shots . There was absolutely no-one around when I landed, it was like a ghost ship.

The 65,000-tonne flagship, one of two super-carriers being built for the Royal Navy, has not yet been formally handed over to the military as it continues to be fine tuned by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the consortium that is building both vessels.

Trials

Trials with the carriers American-built F35B Lightning aircraft are due to begin next year but the Queen Elizabeth is not due to be fully operational until 2021.

The drone pilot said he had been so concerned about his visit to the carrier that he drove to the dockyard in an attempt to explain in person to the crew what he had been doing but was told there was no-one available because all personnel were ashore at dinner.

The hobbyist added: The ship has not been commissioned by the Royal Navy yet and doesn t have aircraft, so I don t think its defence systems that could block radio signals will be fully operational .

If they were, there would be no way I would get within a mile of this vessel.

But it is worth a lot of money and I suppose I could have been a Talibani or anything.

Near misses

The incident is the latest security scare involving drones, which have been involved in multiple near misses with commercial jets landing at airports as well as criminal uses such as delivering drugs and weapons to prisons.

A Scottish MSP said he was considering tabling a question in the Edinburgh parliament about the incident.

Liberal Democrat Jamie Stone said: I think the moral of this astonishing tale is that there is a serious question about security for the Royal Navy for it would have been quite easy for someone of evil intent to do something quite serious . Even a drone crashing into its radar could cause damage.

The Ministry of Defence said it had tightened security on the carrier following the incident . An MOD spokesperson said: We take the security of HMS Queen Elizabeth very seriously .

This incident has been reported to Police Scotland, an investigation is underway and we stepped up our security measures in light of it.

References

  1. ^ footage on Facebook (www.facebook.com)