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Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case

Added 01-15-20 08:31:01pm EST - “As Apple stands firm against requests to break iPhone encryption, many people have questioned why the FBI needs Apple's help in the first place. There are plenty of tools available from third-party companies that are more than capable…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As Apple stands firm against requests to break iPhone encryption, many people have questioned why the FBI needs Apple’s help in the first place. There are plenty of tools available from third-party companies that are more than capable of unlocking the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 used by the Pensacola gunman.

Further emphasizing that point, a new report from Forbes says that the FBI recently used one of those black/gray market tools to unlock the newest — and theoretically the most secure — iPhone that Apple sells.

According to the report, FBI investigators in Ohio used the GrayKey hardware box to unlock an iPhone 11 Pro Max. The phone in question belonged to Baris Ali Koch, who was being accused of helping his convicted brother escape the country by letting him use his passport.

Koch’s lawyer confirmed to Forbes that the iPhone in question was locked with a passcode, and that Koch had never given up that passcode nor is it possible that Face ID could have been used. This corroborates Forbes’ claim that GrayKey was used.

The “GrayKey” is a hardware box sold by forensics firm Grayshift that has long been used by law enforcement and investigators to gain access to locked iPhones. Details about the GrayKey are usually kept under wraps, including whether it works on Apple’s newest operating systems and iPhones. This is generally to make it harder for Apple to patch the vulnerabilities Grayshift uses.

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