Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

This is how FBI is hacking locked iPhone of dead Islamic State terrorist

Narada Desk | October 11, 2016 3:44 am Print
It’s also unclear what model of iPhone the FBI is approaching. If it’s an iPhone 5c or earlier, the FBI could plausibly use the purchased method or more recently discovered NAND mirroring tactics to dencrypt the phone without Apple’s assistance. Adan was reportedly on his way to purchase an iPhone 7 when the attack took place.

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iPhone is notorious for security and people are very much aware of this  options. So they make most out of it. Here the recent case of lost and found iPhone of dead jihadist. Now FBI is very keen to unlock the phone with out any collateral damage to get the details.

Cracking the details of this dead terrorist may have give more clues about the attack happened and the root of the organizational work of ISIS in USA.

The previous case of FBI iPhone cracking was WHEN THE FBI asked a court to force Apple to help crack the encrypted iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook in February, Bureau director James Comey assured the public that his agency’s intrusive demand was about one terrorist’s phone, not repeated access to iPhone owners’ secrets. But now eight months have passed, and the FBI has in its hands another locked iPhone that once belonged to another dead terrorist. Which means they may have laid the groundwork for another legal showdown with Apple.

At a press conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota , FBI special agent Rich Thorton said that the FBI has obtained the iPhone of Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before a police officer shot and killed him. (The fundamentalist militant organization ISIS claimed credit for the attack via social media.) As in Farook’s case, the attacker’s phone is locked with a pass code. And Thorton said the FBI is still trying to figure out how to gain access to the phone’s contents.

FBI Agent Thornton told Thursday’s press conference that the bureau had “analyzed more than 780 gigabytes of data from multiple computers and other electronic devices” in its investigation of Adan. “We are conducting an extensive review of his social media and other online activity,” he said. “We continue to review his electronic media and digital footprint.”

But as with Farook, accessing one of the ISIS-linked attacker’s primary electronic devices may again depend on what version of Apple’s hardware and software he ran. If Adan carried an iPhone he bought in the last two years, and the FBI is determined to get inside it, the US government may find itself again at odds with the world’s biggest tech company.

“Dahir Adan’s iPhone is locked,” Thornton told reporters, “We are in the process of assessing our legal and technical options to gain access to this device and the data it may contain.”

It’s still unclear whether the FBI will try to compel Apple to unlock the phone, but the bureau has not ruled it out. “We are in the process of assessing our legal and technical options to gain access to this device and the data it may contain,” said FBI special agent Rich Thornton in a press conference yesterday.

It’s also unclear what model of iPhone the FBI is approaching. If it’s an iPhone 5c or earlier, the FBI could plausibly use the purchased method or more recently discovered NAND mirroring tactics to dencrypt the phone without Apple’s assistance. Adan was reportedly on his way to purchase an iPhone 7 when the attack took place.

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