The data recovery company DriveSavers announces a new service that claims to be able to recover sensitive data from a locked smartphone, including iOS devices difficult to hack. The company's service, called Code Lock Data Recovery, is intended for regular consumers and is apparently not designed for law enforcement or any other type of official cybersecurity company. Again The edge has not been able to directly check the effectiveness of the tool, and the offer goes against many promises made by Apple regarding the security of its storage.
"This one-of-a-kind service is exclusively for consumers who have forgotten passwords on their device, have been locked out after too many incorrect attempts, and those who need to access data stored on the device. device of a deceased family member, "reads the company's press release. "Other companies offer a similar service only to the forces of the order. DriveSavers is the first to offer consumers a code lock data recovery service. The DriveSavers service is not available for order forces and requires proof of ownership before unlocking a device. "
In an email to The edgeAccording to a spokesperson for DriveSavers, the service costs $ 3,900 per device, but the company says it will return your phone or tablet. "Depending on the situation, we may ask for death certificates, probate documents, court documents or other legal documents. In case of death, we check who is the state's executor through interviews and documents, "said the spokesman.
The company says the service is primarily designed to allow family members of deceased loved ones to access locked devices, but it does not say how it can bypass security protocols on iOS or Android. DriveSavers also advertises its service for Windows machines and devices from many manufacturers such as Huawei, Lenovo, LG and ZTE.
Of course, these claims are seriously skeptical. Apple's iPhone is protected by a code lock system that even the FBI has not been able to bypass, causing an infamous confrontation between Apple and the agency two years ago about unlocking the iPhone 5C from San Bernardino. (Apple refused to create a special version of its operating system for the FBI including a backdoor.The FBI sued, but eventually dropped the lawsuit.)
This is because the access code of an iPhone is encrypted. As a result, even Apple is not able to access a locked device. There are ways to erase the device remotely, but retrieval of information such as text, photos, and other data stored on the device and not stored in the cloud is supposed to be technically impossible, at least without exploiting a high-level vulnerability.
The FBI finally purchased the services of a third-party company for more than $ 1 million, which a federal judge found did not have to be disclosed to the public for fear of being used by foreign opponents. Nevertheless, the exploit used in this case would no longer work because it was based on the software architecture of an older version of iOS.
There are methods to retrieve information from an iPhone locked via iCloud by going directly through Apple with a search warrant, but this is not a standard procedure for your everyday consumer and this does not seem to be what DriveSavers claims have access. There are also ways to impersonate fingerprint data to access a device via Touch ID, as well as methods used by law enforcement to exploit weaknesses in how iOS Treats USB devices, including the GrayKey hacking tool used by some law enforcement authorities until Apple has developed a method to completely block it.
DriveSavers does not seem to use any of these methods known to date, but it is possible that the company has a unique tool to read the data.