No. For a variety of reasons, only Apple and the iPhone have a security headache, thanks mostly to sensationalist mainstream media where any negative article with the words Apple or iPhone can garner triple the number of reader eyeballs (oddly, the total numbers are not even).
Historically, security has always been a cat and mouse game, a punch and counter-punch event, a tit-for-tat routine whereby hackers and criminals and even authorities struggle to develop an attack vector on a device while the device makers counter every move a few days or weeks or months later.
That’s what’s going on with Apple and Grayshift, a company which makes the GrayKey box which authorities (and, ostensibly, hackers posing as authorities) pay $15,000 for a device that can unlock locked iPhones and iPads. The box is new and authorities love it. Or, will for awhile. Supposedly Apple’s latest iOS will block the latest GrayKey. Then, GrayKey will figure out a way around Apple’s newest block, and the punching and counterpunching begins anew.
By the way, this is nothing new and certainly nothing that warrants an article from The Wall Street Journal which described the ongoing battle as Apple’s security headache– as if there was only one, and as if it was really a headache for someone at Apple.
It was not, is not, and will never be an Apple headache. Such security cat and mouse antics have been around forever and will be around long after we’re not around to watch.
This particular battle is interesting but is anything but new. Apple has teams of experts working on such exploits (and many others) all the time. It’s the nature of the business. Based on the amount of malware on Android vs. iOS, Google could work on improving its own policies and procedures to be more like Apple where it counts.
Privacy and security.
For the most part, this GrayKey episode is much ado about not much. Apple will find a way to lock them out and for awhile your iPhone or iPad will be more secure than ever, and vastly more secure than an Android smartphone or a Windows PC. The WSJ piece never mentioned Windows and Android came up only once, and not with good lighting.
The GrayKey works only on Apple devices, which overall present a much greater level of challenge to law enforcement than Android phones do, forensics investigators say.
Put another way, law enforcement hackers and criminal hackers don’t need help cracking an Android phone, but news that Apple has a— as in singular— security headache with GrayKey is anything but news. It’s business as usual.