Cops around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

Posted by Megalith 10:25 AM (CDT)

Sunday April 15, 2018

The FBI insists that it is increasingly tougher for law enforcement to gather evidence due to encrypted devices, but a Motherboard investigation has found that at least one tool is readily available to police for unlocking even the latest iPhones. Records show that both the FBI and numerous state agencies have ordered the device, called GrayKey, which works as advertised and makes the argument for encryption backdoors questionable.

The issue GrayKey overcomes is that iPhones encrypt user data by default. Those in physical possession normally cannot access the phone’s data, such as contact list, saved messages, or photos, without first unlocking the phone with a passcode or fingerprint. Malwarebytes’ post says GrayKey can unlock an iPhone in around two hours, or three days or longer for 6-digit passcodes.