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FBI used suspect's face to unlock his iPhone X

In today's that the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) will see news for using some tactics to try to unlock iPhones of suspects being investigated by American police.

These cases became more common in 2016, notably the case in which the security agency paid hackers more than $ 1.3 million to unlock an iPhone 5c after a lengthy legal dispute against Apple.

Now, instead of spending thousands of dollars on advanced techniques to unlock the iPhone, the FBI used the most obvious resource to access iPhone X of a child pornography suspect I speak, of course, of his face.

Last August, the FBI searched the home of Grant Michalski, a resident of Columbus (United States), accused of receiving and storing child pornographic content, as reported by Forbes. With a search warrant in hand, federal investigators told Michalski to put his face in front of the device, allowing them to search the suspect's device.

First, there were several cases in which the suspects were led to unlock their iPhones with their fingerprints, using Apple's Touch ID. Face ID is now being used for the same purpose. While the feds obtained a warrant and appeared to have done everything within the limits of the law, concerns remain about the use of such tactics.

According to Jerome Greco, a lawyer on the staff of the Legal Aid Society, using a person's face as evidence or to obtain evidence would be considered illegal. Still, as highlighted by the lawyer, "we never had the faces of so many people as passwords to unlock much of their private information".

According to a search warrant statement, FBI agents found several items of interest for the investigation in the gadget of the suspect; however, interestingly, in the document it was described that the item seized an iPhone 8, which does not have Face ID.

The prosecutor in the case told Forbes who was unable to get all the information he wanted, including the use of deleted apps and files, due to the new iOS security layer that requires the device password for data to be transferred via USB, after a period of inactivity.

Nevertheless, he revealed that both the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio Investigation Department have access to "devices capable of obtaining data from password-locked iPhones". If you remember the events of this year well, the promoter?s speech is associated with the Cellebrite and Grayshift machines, supposedly capable of unlocking these gadgets.

It is unclear what the suspect's iPhone investigation revealed, however, Michalski?s lawyer confirmed to the Forbes that the FBI tried to use the Grayshift device to access data from your client's device.

via The Verge