Previously, only the special services or the police had such opportunities.
The American company DriveSavers launched a service for hacking iPhones for $3,900 for everyone. The company claims that they have found a way to bypass the protection of Apple devices with a 100% result. This is reported in the press release of DriveSavers.
The Passcode Lockout Data Recovery service involves data recovery from various user devices. The company claims that, among other things, it can get information from blocked iPhones, which are considered difficult to break into.
Unlocking one device will cost users $3,900. To do this, you will need to send a tablet, laptop or smartphone to the company, and thye promises to send it back already unlocked. In addition, you will need to confirm that the client is the owner of the device.
The service is intended for ordinary users; it will not be provided to the police, special services or private detectives. DriveSavers thinks that it is useful for those customers who forget passwords or enter them incorrectly too many times, as well as those who want to get access to a locked device of a deceased family member.
“Depending on the situation, we may request death certificates, probate documents, court documents, or other legal documents. In the case of a death, we verify who is the executor of the state through interview and documentation,”
spokesman during interview with The Verge
The Verge was unable to verify the effectiveness of the tool and find out whether the company can unlock iPhones. As noted in the publication, it is unclear what method of circumvention protection applies DriveSavers. In addition to iPhones, the company promises to unlock devices from different manufacturers, such as Huawei, Lenovo, and LG, as well as operating systems, including Windows.
The Verge editor Nick Statt reminded that iPhones are protected by a password lock system that even the FBI in 2016 could not bypass the San Bernardino shooter on its own. The agency then attracted a third-party contractor who hacked the device and according to media reports, it cost a million dollars.
Apple claimed that it could not access the device itself after it was blocked because the passcode was encrypted. It is believed that information stored exclusively on the iPhone is technically impossible to intercept without exploiting the highest level of vulnerability.
Cellebrite and GreyShift claim that using flaws in iOS can bypass device protection. They sell their services for only 1.5 thousand dollars, but only to government services or the police. For example, Cellebrite devices use FSB and IC.
However, in iOS 12, Apple closed the loophole that was used in the GrayKey tool, and possibly closed the vulnerability for Cellebrite. As noted in The Verge, it is unlikely that DriveSavers use well-known methods of circumventing iPhones protection. However, there is a possibility that the company has created some kind of own tool, although so far there is no evidence in favor of this version.