An Ohio State District Court (United States) was able to access the information of a locked iPhone 11 Pro in 2019, the latest model released by Apple, through the use of the GrayKey USB decryption tool, developed by A private company
As part of a criminal investigation, Judge Stephanie Bowman authorized a search warrant for an iPhone 11 Pro Max that was blocked without requesting Apple's help, as noted by a court order to which Forbes has had access.
Apple's device was part of an investigation in which its owner, Baris Ali Koch, was accused of helping his brother, who was imprisoned, to escape from the country, providing him with his own documentation.
Although the defendant had not provided his password or unlocked the device with FaceID, his lawyer revealed, the researchers managed to access the blocked iPhone content in December 2019 through the use of a GrayKey tool, without Apple's help .
How they unlocked the iPhone 11 Pro Max
GrayKey is a small physical box-shaped decryption device that specializes in iPhones and was developed by the private company GrayShift.
This tool, equipped with two Lightning connectors that plug into the cell phone, uses the retry period to find out the terminal PIN. It was announced by Forbes when it was learned that the FBI had used it since 2018 to unlock iPhones.
USB GrayKey, the unit that can unlock an iPhone.
GrayKey sold for $ 15,000 per device and allowed a maximum of 300 iPhones to be unlocked with up to iOS 11. Starting with the iPhone 11.4 system, with the introduction of a security update for USB connections, it was believed that this forensic method It was no longer viable, as explained by the Russian software company Elcomsoft.
This episode was released amid criticism that President Donald Trump unloaded on Wednesday against Apple, noting that they do not allow access to iPhone linked to criminal investigations and for refusing to unlock phones used by murderers, drug dealers and Other criminals
We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020
"We always help them so much, but they deny us access to the mobiles of murderers and drug dealers," the president had published on his Twitter account. He added: "They must step forward and help our great country now! Let's make America great again."
In its defense, Apple said that although it could not unlock the cell phones due to its encryption systems, its collaboration with justice has been maintained and even assured that they did provide various investigations of the United States, such as in the case of the author of the terrorist attack at the US military base in Pensacola, by revealing information from his iCloud account.
Source: ANSA and DPA
TOPICS THAT APPEAR ON THIS NOTE