China claims it has cracked Apple AirDrop’s encryption

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Apple’s AirDrop feature is clever in many ways; it keeps sensitive or large files off of the Internet and allows individuals within close proximity to securely exchange data. Though there have been some examples of misuse, Apple has steadily enhanced the feature to give the user more control over who can share content with them and when the device is ready to receive.

It’s no surprise that AirDropped content would have metadata associated with it to make cataloguing and searching more user friendly; this is clearly what a state actor would target if they wanted to restrict dissent and understand networks of collaborators. Though the details are still unclear on how much physical control or proximity is required for an ‘attacker ‘to trace AirDrop exchanges, we are confident in Apple’s commitment to privacy protection and that a method to mitigate the risk will be identified.