Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday April 23, 2016

Feds Drop iPhone Unlocking Case After Perp Remembers His Password

I think this is the best one yet. So did the defendant actually momentarily "forget" his passcode, or did a fed give him that idea?

Feng's phone is an iPhone 4s running iOS 7, an older version with far less protections than the iOS 9 iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino case. That means it's so old it could have been unlocked using a widely-available $200 forensic tool, completely negating the need to ask Apple for help. The All Writs Act, a 227-year-old law that was used to compel Apple's cooperation in both cases, requires that the government first exhaust all other possible methods. But in the New York case, it seems the government overlooked several possibilitiesآ—including, apparently, asking Feng for the passcode after he was convicted.