DriveSavers claims to be able to retrieve data from locked iOS devices for $3,900

“DriveSavers [this week] announced the launch of a new consumer-facing service that’s designed to unlock iOS devices for customers who have forgotten their passcodes, been locked out after too many incorrect entry attempts, or who need to access the data on the device of a deceased family member,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“DriveSavers says it is using ‘new proprietary technology’ to recover data from a passcode-locked devices, a service that has previously been limited to law enforcement agencies and unavailable to the average consumer,” Clover reports. “It is not known what technology DriveSavers is using to access data on the device.”

“The company is able to fully unlock the iPhone and return the unlocked device to the owner, and there’s an option to back up the phone’s data to an external device. DriveSavers is not able to provide further information on its unlocking methods,” Clover reports. “The service is not inexpensive, priced around $3,900. DriveSavers is also using strict identification protocols, in some cases requesting documents that include death certificates, probate documents, court documents, and more.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, if this works Apple’s most-recent iOS versions this is a security hole that Apple will want to identify and close ASAP.

DriveSavers’ announcement of the service is here.

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Apple vs. GrayKey: Leaked emails expose the fight for your iPhone privacy – July 26, 2018
Apple punches back at Grayshift, maker of the GrayKey iPhone-hacking box – June 15, 2018
Cops are confident Grayshift iPhone hackers already have a workaround to Apple’s new iOS security feature – June 15, 2018
Apple to undercut GrayShift, Cellebrite tools for cracking iPhones – June 13, 2018
Apple’s iOS 11.4 update with ‘USB Restricted Mode’ may defeat GrayKey, Cellebrite forensic tools – May 8, 2018
GrayKey box can guess a six-digit iPhone password in 11 hours on average – April 16, 2018
Police around the U.S. can now unlock iPhones – April 12, 2018
Law enforcement uses ‘GrayKey’ box to unlock iPhones – March 16, 2018
The man who wrote those password rules has a new tip: N3v$r M1^d! – August 8, 2017

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “applecynic” for the heads up.]


    1. Apple has already admitted in Congressional testimony that it can gain access to any iOS gadget it wants.

      The biggest threat to your security isn’t when Marriott blows it and gives away your passports, addresses, credit cards, and travel details to hackers. The illusion of security will be nuked when a bad actor is able to hack Apple or the FAANG companies (all of which scratch each others backs) from within. Apple doesn’t even host its own operations, it rents servers from Microsoft and Amazon and Google. FB and Twitter crap was baked into Apple logins for years.

      You won’t likely be notified for years, if ever, when your iCloud account is compromised. Dead company walking Yahoo has already been breached. Don’t pretend Apple can’t be next.

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