Apple working to strengthen iPhone security: report
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In the midst of its standoff with the government over access to its mobile devices, Apple is now working to make iPhones even more secure from intrusions.

The New York Times, quoting unnamed sources, is reporting that the company is seeking to make its devices inaccessible even to itself, ending a feature that allowed Apple engineers to troubleshoot phones without the owner's password.
 
Apple has been under fire recently for refusing to comply with a court order that would create a "backdoor" into a cellphone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
 
The company's CEO, Tim Cook, has argued that implementing such a feature will make other devices vulnerable to hackers.

"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals," Cook said in a letter to his customers this month. "The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe."

Apple has been roundly criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with the most intense attacks coming from Republicans.
 
“Court orders are not optional, and Apple should comply,” said Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard BurrRichard BurrSenate intel panel to hold hearing on Russian meddling in Europe Overnight Tech: Uber CEO resigns | Trump's Iowa tech trip | Dems push Sessions to block AT&T-Time Warner deal | Lawmakers warned on threat to election systems | Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems MORE (R-N.C.).
 

“What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time they give that security number,” Trump said at a campaign rally last week. “Who do they think they are?”