FBI agrees to unlock iPhone, iPod in Arkansas homicide case – Houston Chronicle


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  1. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    This is interesting – it rather sounds like they might have a real hack.

    Now, will the defence lawyer challenge them to prove that they actually unlocked the phone, and didn’t falsify evidence under cover of “we can’t reveal the method or Apple will fix it”? Because that would mean the FBI would be in a bind – disclose the hacking method and get the evidence admitted, or refuse to disclose and potentially not only lose the admissibility, but produce a precedent that phones hacked by their secret method are inadmissible?Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to dragonfrog says:

      This was the motivation behind ACLU v. NSA, by the way. It’s not that warrantless wiretapping had only recently been invented, and the ACLU had just then found out about it; it was that the Bush administration wanted to use wiretap-collected evidence in court proceedings, and wanted to see whether a court would accept that it had been collected legally.Report

      • Avatar dragonfrog in reply to DensityDuck says:

        I don’t think there’s any question the evidence was collected legally – if it was collected accurately, or at all.

        But if the FBI hands the phone over to a third party, who do things undisclosed to the phone, and then they extract evidence from it, how are they supposed to support an uninterrupted chain of custody, and that nothing done to the phone has altered its contents?Report