Los Angeles Police successfully hacked into iPhone 5s of murdered wife of actor Michael Jace

Los Angeles Police successfully hacked into iPhone 5s of murdered wife of actor Michael Jace
It is a strange world we live in when law enforcement agencies line up, demanding Apple help them break into locked iPhone devices, with Apple refusing to write the toxic code, and then the agencies break through anyway.

If anything, it reveals the reality that law enforcement have access to capabilities beyond advertised statements to the press and in courtrooms around the country, though that is a whole different article.

Michael Jace is best known for his role as Detective Julien Lowe from the TV series The Shield, though his acting career goes back to roles in Forrest Gump, Clear and Present Danger, Boogie Nights, and other films.

On May 19, 2014, Jace’s wife, April, was killed. The following day, police arrested Michael and charged him with the murder. April’s cellphone, an Apple iPhone 5s was locked by a passcode. As the investigation limped along, a judge ordered an Apple engineer to help police extract data from the device.

After a few attempts to inspect the smartphone, with little or no success, it was revealed in court documents that investigators were able to connect with a “forensic cellphone expert” who was able to bypass the security settings of the iPhone. Investigators on both sides of the legal proceedings were able to examine all the contents of the device. The murder trial was put on hold to allow more time for investigators to get into April’s iPhone.

Not surprisingly, the warrant filed by LAPD did not state how the security on the iPhone was bypassed, nor did it identify the forensic expert that was contracted for the job. We also do not know if April’s device had been up to date with the latest version of iOS at the time.

source: Los Angeles Times

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26 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I never knew he joined the Shield

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

He was on the show from beginning to end. He played Julien, the rookie on the first episode until the end of the series.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

these iphones are just too easy to unlock by any, now days,. feds,LAPD or county sheriffs.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And you don't even have to unlock an Android... Just plug it into your laptop, do some technical Mumbo Jumbo and bingo! Hence we never hear about them... Although Blackberry, Black Phone and Zeeneth are definitely an exception...

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you ever use android? :-/

8. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

You actually do if you set a code for your phone. Shows how much you know :)

9. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Aaaaaaaaaand...wrong.

12. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Is there a possibility that you are the dumbest person walking the face of the earth?

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

False, If it is password protected you can't access anything when plugged into a laptop without unlocking

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If i put encryption on my phone and a passcode you cant do s**t beside factory reset my phone. Game over dude.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Search for Blackphone hacked, it's not an exception. As for the Unaphone Zenith, that's more like a phone like high level government officials use. Only certain vetted apps are allowed on, so unless you don't an to use hardly any apps, youight as well use a flip phone. So that leaves BlackBerry.

4. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Apple is being a dick, if other people can unlock it then they cwnt do it of course. But they value their image/profits more than human lives. One of the greedies companies out there... I can rank them on top among oil companies and orher corrupt organizations.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

LAPD can hack it but FBI spend millions to security companies to hack it.. :-/

14. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

He confessed to the crime - in fact he actually called the police HIMSELF and told them that he had just shot his wife. I don't get why they have to make a bigger issues out of it, searching phones and delaying the whole case for that?

16. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Maybe they want her nudes

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Really dude? How tasteless are you to say something like that?

27. adamvzwez

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

dont be a crybaby that was funny

26. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Have you ever heard of motive? Was it a crime of passion? A premeditated crime? Things like these change the charges and the sentences sought, as well as change the strategy of the defense lawyers. As it's a murder, whatever penalties are sought have to be convicted of beyond a shadow of a doubt. Things found on the found may influence that. Hell, it's a strange world we live in... confession could have been coerced and evidence on the phone may even exonerate him.

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