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FBI will help local authorities unlock iPhones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 03 Apr 2016 2:00 User comments (4)

FBI will help local authorities unlock iPhones According to a new report, FBI officials will help local law enforcement in unlocking iPhones and other electronic devices.
The FBI recently admitted they were able to break into a terrorist's iPhone using a third-party technique, and it appears that other agencies want help with devices of alleged criminals of their own.

In response, the FBI sent the following letter:

Since recovering an iPhone from one of the San Bernardino shooters on December 3, 2015, the FBI sought methods to gain access to the data stored on it. As the FBI continued to conduct its own research, and as a result of the worldwide publicity and attention generated by the litigation with Apple, others outside the U.S. government continued to contact the U.S. government offering avenues of possible research. In mid-March, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking the iPhone. That method for unlocking that specific iPhone proved successful.

We know that the absence of lawful, critical investigative tools due to the "Going Dark" problem is a substantial state and local law enforcement challenge that you face daily. As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners. Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints. You have our commitment that we will maintain an open dialogue with you. We are in this together.

Kerry Sleeper
Assistant Director
Office of Partner Engagement

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4 user comments

13.4.2016 14:47

I Wasn't aware that the FBI supported hacking

24.4.2016 05:11

Why are people surprised, if the hacking community can get in to the IOS iPhone for jail break, why can they not access the encryption part

36.4.2016 11:58

The method used, as far as is known, was most likely a hardware hack. It has little to do with software methods like jailbreaking.

The exact method used is up in the air still, but most sources agree that it was probably done by taking out the flash memory, duping it as is, then brute-forcing the keycode. Each copy, they get a few more attempts at the code before they are locked out.

46.4.2016 13:10

but again here is the problem...

1. IOS has encryption as well so the hack would have to decrypt the files and well and honestly i would love to see that because i would think the only thing you would get out of the phone is garbage ones and zero's

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