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FBI vs. Apple: US federal police apparently cracked new iPhone

The FBI seems to be able to read data even from the latest iPhone hardware. Last October, investigators in the US state of Ohio apparently used a box called "GrayKey" to conduct a forensic analysis of the current iPhone 11 Pro Max device generation, according to a search warrant issued by the magazine Forbes published. The smartphone should have used iOS 13.1.x at this time, iOS 13.3 is now current.

The court documents show that the iPhone was locked after the seizure. The accused in this investigation did not give the prosecutors the device code, explained to his lawyer Forbes, His client was also not forced to unlock the iPhone using the Face ID facial recognition system. Which data stored on the iPhone was read remains unclear.

The GrayKey is a compact box with two Lightning connectors that is designed to enable law enforcement agencies on the ground to unlock iPhones. The box probably uses vulnerabilities to carry out a brute force attack on the device code unhindered. If it only consists of a four-digit PIN, it should be determined within a few minutes. iOS currently requires a six-digit number combination as standard, and it should also be possible to crack within around a day. However, users can also set up a long alphanumeric device code for iPhone and iPad.

The ability to unlock current iPhones questions the current actions by the US authorities against Apple: The FBI has asked the manufacturer to help unlock two iPhones in the event of the Pensacola attack – they have already exhausted all other routes, it said , US Attorney General Barr and US President Trump tried to build public pressure earlier this week: Apple needs to help unlock it, after all, the government is always helping the company on other issues, Trump tweeted.

Apple emphasized that help would be provided with all available data – this means iCloud data such as device backups, for which the company has the key. The company rejected demands for back doors for iPhone device encryption, which would weaken security for everyone. It is a "simple" front door "request," said a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice towards the New York TimesApple had finally implemented the encryption, now the question is whether the company wants to help get the shooter's iPhone data.

Apple is preparing for another legal battle with the FBI, the paper writes citing informed people. The shooter's iPhones are the old models 5 and 7, which are considered crackable. Three years ago, the FBI tried to force Apple to help unlock an iPhone after a terrorist attack. The lawsuit was only withdrawn after the iPhone was opened by unnamed third parties. The FBI did not exhaust all options to decrypt the iPhone itself, an internal investigation subsequently revealed.


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