Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker

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Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker
 

 
More and more authorities in the US are getting access to an affordable device that can unlock iPhones, according to Motherboard. The publication's investigation has revealed that a number of local and regional police forces, including Maryland's and Indiana's, have either already bought or are thinking of buying a new piece of iPhone-cracking technology called GrayKey. It reportedly works even on phones running iOS 11, Apple's latest mobile platform, and even if authorities are using it on an iPhone X. Motherboard says the State Department already has one of its own, while the Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration are planning to buy some.

Based on an earlier report by Malwarebytes, GrayKey is a small box that can unlock two iPhones at a time. (See the two connectors in the image of the device below?) It was developed by Atlanta company Grayshift, which is run by long-time US intelligence agency contractors and a former Apple security engineer, according to Forbes. To use GrayKey, all cops need to do is connect a phone to it for two minutes. They simply have to wait a bit after it's unplugged to see a black screen pop up with the passcode -- how long they'd have to wait depends on how complex the passcode/passphrase is.

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But more than being easy to use, it's incredibly affordable for what it can do. If you'll recall, the feds paid Israeli company Cellebrite $900,000 to crack open the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone after Apple repeatedly refused to do it for them. Currently, Cellebrite unlocks phones for at least $5,000 each, but even that amount is comparably enormous to how much cops have to spend for every GrayKey unlock.

There are two GrayKey variants available: one will set government agencies back $15,000, while the other will cost them $30,000. They can use the more expensive of the two to unlock as many iPhones as they want. The cheaper version has a limit of 300 devices, but even that isn't so bad when you do the math -- that's only $50 per device.

FBI chief Christopher Wray called encryption a "major public safety issue" when he revealed that the bureau couldn't get to the evidence stored in 7,775 devices it failed to access the previous year. It's unclear whether they already ran the iPhones in that pile through a GrayKey, but (short of telling tech giants to add a backdoor to their devices) he urged companies to work with the government in creating a way to access phones owned by suspects.

So, why are authorities still calling for a backdoor when devices like GrayKey already exist? As Motherboard points out, phone-cracking devices exploit security holes, which Apple, Google and other phonemakers can patch up anytime. A backdoor would ensure they can access data whatever the device is and even if it's running the latest mobile OS.
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 3 months ago '09        #2
mboydii 4 heat pts
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Cant trust these companies. Apple gave up the keys to a company that is now profiting from it.
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 3 months ago '15        #3
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Can i use that bi*ch? I got two bricked ones
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 3 months ago '18        #4
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“Maryland's and Indiana's, have either already bought or are thinking of buying a new piece of iPhone-cracking




“Thinking “
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 3 months ago '04        #5
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And yall thought them iphones was safe, you got facebook stealing data the police cracking iphones, n*ggas telling on themselves online and yall wonder why.... everything aint meant for the internet some sh*t you keep to yourself
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 3 months ago '15        #6
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Well hack you, but you cant hack us lol. What a democracy. How did civilization survive without cell phones 20 years ago.
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 3 months ago '06        #7
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This is a big deal .....
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 3 months ago '17        #8
JacobWatch 4 heat pts
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Doing serious dirt via iphone instead of a burner?
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 3 months ago '15        #9
416recklezz 22 heat pts22
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real question is, is there a device that can break icloud locked phones -- i got a few of those lying around, bricks
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 3 months ago '06        #10
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 416recklezz said:
real question is, is there a device that can break icloud locked phones -- i got a few of those lying around, bricks
^^same thing i was wondering
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 3 months ago '07        #11
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I need one for Android
 3 months ago '18        #12
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 3 months ago '11        #13
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i wonder what it takes to get your phone searched by the police

Is it only murder cases or will they search it after parking ticket arrest

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 3 months ago '05        #14
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Dont care, i dont do illegal sh*t that i can get caught up on
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 3 months ago '04        #15
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I wish we had something like this at the hospital i work at. We're a trauma center and so many times people come in after a car accident and we can't access phones to get their contacts. I don't care about illegal sh*t, but something needs to be available.
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 3 months ago '05        #16
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 416recklezz said:
real question is, is there a device that can break icloud locked phones -- i got a few of those lying around, bricks
Looks Like Only The Front Passcode....That Actually Locks And Unlocks The Phone...ICloud Is A Different Ball Game
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 3 months ago '14        #17
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 liquidzero said:
Can i use that bi*ch? I got two bricked ones
 416recklezz said:
real question is, is there a device that can break icloud locked phones -- i got a few of those lying around, bricks
Man if y'all stole them sh*ts...



I just had that happen to me in NYC. I had finger lock on it and I logged into iCloud and lost-locked it/set it to erase.

Bro if y'all are doing that...Revaluate your lives.



And it's gotta be wiped anyways to get any use out of the sh*t unless people are out to steal my stored data somehow, because it pings the location as soon as it's turned on. Let that mahfu*ker turn that sh*t back on (iCloud automatically emails me). I will hop on a plane TONIGHT to catch that fade.


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 3 months ago '11        #18
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 projectd06 said:
Dont care, i dont do illegal sh*t that i can get caught up on
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 3 months ago '13        #19
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This is scary af
 3 months ago '05        #20
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 QuietPack said:
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Man shut the fu*k up, go take your "woke" a.ss to bed.
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