An employee works on smartphones reconditioning, mainly Iphone, at the Largo company headquarters which is a Back Market refurbishing company subcontractor, in Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire, outside Nantes, on January 26, 2021.
Apple to Detect Sensitive Content on iPhone Photo LibrariesThis time around, a security expert disclosed that Apple is expanding its photo identification into the camera roll of iOS users, according to AppleInsider. Apple is reportedly announcing a new detection tool that uses photo hashing, enabling iPhones to detect Child Sexual Abuse Material, also known as the CSAM, sitting in its library. The sophisticated algorithm that the iPhone maker will be using is alike to the system that the Cupertino giant uses to detect objects, scenes, and even people on the Apple Photos. The feature helps some of its users to conveniently search for the images on their devices. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that Apple has yet to confirm the rumored upcoming feature. For now, the only known source of it is a security expert, Matthew Green.
Apple Sensitive Content Detection Tool: Security Expert Issues WarningGreen, also a cryptographer and an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, wrote on Twitter that he “had independent confirmation from multiple people” about the matter.
I’ve had independent confirmation from multiple people that Apple is releasing a client-side tool for CSAM scanning tomorrow. This is a really bad idea. — Matthew Green (@matthew_d_green) August 4, 2021The security expert went on to dub the CSAM scanning tool as “a really bad idea,” noting that the process could further allow surveillance of the data sent and received from an iPhone. He further said that law enforcers from various parts of the world have been asking for this kind of system to override end-to-end encryption for authorities to access the message of a criminal mind. Although Green acknowledged that the scanning tool helps detect sensitive images on a person’s iPhone, he worries about what would happen if an authoritarian government got access to the said feature. Notably, Green previously exposed how law enforcement breaks into the iPhones of suspected criminals.
Not just that, the security expert, together with the John Hopkins University, also found a way to fix a security bug on iMessage.
Written by Teejay Boris