Have you ever thought about who can unlock your phone? What do they need for this? Who can request the manufacturers to unlock the phone of certain users? If you are an Apple user, probably you feel quite safe. But recently, some sources claimed the FBI is currently on forcing Apple to assist it in unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone. Seems Apple doesn’t agree. But experts from the digital security field say the US government has the ability to unlock the iPhone without Apple’s help and/or permission.
Security experts said investigators could use a series of security vulnerabilities to obtain data from smartphones directly or indirectly through vendors such as Cellebrite and Grayshift.
A well-known iPhone hacker Will Strafach, who now runs security company Guardian Firewall said: ‘A 5 and a 7? You can absolutely get into that. I wouldn’t call it child’s play, but it’s not super difficult.’
Why Unlocking The iPhone Is So Important At The Moment?
On December 6, a murderer named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani carried out a terrorist attack at a naval base in Florida. The gunman owns two phones, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 introduced in 2012 and 2016, respectively. Following the death of Arshamrani, the two phones were locked, and the FBI is currently searching for a way to get data from the phone.
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In this regard, ‘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,’ President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
At the moment, it seems the Cupertino-based company doesn’t want to do anything for unlocking the iPhone for anyone on the globe. However, the users add pressure on Apple saying the company should create special ways for the authorities to unlocking the iPhone. Apple has refused to build such backdoors, saying they would be used by bad actors, too.