The FBI now faces cracking the Minnesota stabber's iPhone

The FBI now faces cracking the Minnesota stabber's iPhone
The FBI might find itself in odds with Apple once more as it's trying to unlock another iPhone that belonged to a dead terrorist. At a conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the agency announced that it's in possession of an iPhone which belonged to Dahir Adan, the ISIS-linked terrorist who stabbed ten people in a Minnesota mall before a police officer shot and killed him.

As with the iPhone 5c, which belonged to Rizwan Farook, the San Bernardino killer, Adan's device is locked with a passcode, and the FBI is currently trying to break into it by assessing its legal and technical options. But if the iPhone is a 2014 or later, not even Apple may be able to decrypt it, due to the additional security incorporated in its hardware. Currently, it isn't known whether the FBI has sought assistance from the Cupertino company.

Additionally, the FBI has analyzed more than 780 gigabytes of data scavenged from multiple computers and other electronic devices during its investigation. It's also conducting an extensive review of his social media and other online activity. We'll have to see how the case will develop in the coming weeks. Apple already turned down the FBI once, refusing to crack Farook's iPhone 5c, despite having the ability to. But if Adan's iPhone is a newer model made in the past two years, not even Apple might be able to provide assistance.

source: Wired

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36 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If Apple doesn't help then somebody will crack it that's for sure.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I could crack it without breaking a sweat!

6. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

You could?!! Seriously

7. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

You could?!! Seriously

8. truthwins unregistered

So dude instead of trolling here day n night u should help the fbi then.

18. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

He meant he could sell it for crack.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Shots fired........

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yep, just go grab a hammer and it's done deal in just one stroke lol.

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Arch_Fiend, I'm not joking. That's why I was nicknamed "Trojan" by my IT lecturers back in the day, because of my hacking and programming skills. I've destroyed MD5, cracked RSA, DES and AES128, the latter is a 128-bit hell of a cryptography. I had to code several different versions of custom tables joint with malware. I could possibly crack the passcode in that iPhone though it would take alot of time, but a week will suffice. iOS' encryption algorithm isn't god-like as people tend to believe. And again I tell you, I wasn't nicknamed "Trojan" for nothing.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't know how I feel about some super hacker touting his prowess. It's not the legitimacy....... but the thought of you perusing tech forums scares the s**t out of me. I'm already one step away from Ron Hubbard's "secret society" of tinfoil hat wearing nutjobs......don't push me over that edge lol.

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Scared? Why? I'm not a "super hacker", but definitely not an amateur neither. I'm a white hat, not a black hat hacker, alright? Harming people is never my interest. I've once worked for a fonrensic company called AVG, and I've co-developed the AVG Antivirus. Don't consider me as someone evil, come on! I'm just a tech nerd.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I was half joking. I just really wanted to get my Ron Hubbard joke in somewhere :D.

29. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

I loved to see your name post on youtube that you could hack that iphone 5s's passcode using your programming skills. with a video of all your progress of hacking for all iOS 8 to 10. do worry, FBI will get you paid not less than millions dollars. which is much better than your AVG's salary.

28. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's cool as hell man. +1 for "Trojan"

33. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

destroying md5 not a big deal though.

12. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

The only crack you have is on your backside.

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Holy s**t Trojan, youve only been a member since May and you already have more posts than half of the members.

17. truthwins unregistered

What can you expect from a Samsung paid troll .

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You have way less than I would think for someone who has been a member for almost 5 years. I just noticed but I have a ton lol.

2. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Thought they already had the means to crack these phones. That said, they're on their own on this one again.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6897; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This is why a passcode is so much more secure than a fingerprint scanner. If he used a fingerprint, we wouldn't even be reading about this right now because they would have just violated his corpse to get his print.

36. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Totally agree. I dislike fingerprint scanner very much.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I can only imagine what the victims and their loved ones feel about Apple refusing to help.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The man who killed them is dead. Who cares what they feel. They feel lots of things. Apple isn't their problem. The terrorist is dead. What si unlocking his phone going to show? Who his friends are or who he works for? You think he'd be stupid enough to have used that phone? That phone could just be a decoy. When you have already planned your actions, you don't need a phone to carry them out.

11. truthwins unregistered

First time techie typed something which is sensible. Clap *clap* clap*

15. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I can't believe I'm writing this, but I must confess I agree with what TechieXP1969 wrote!

16. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Same here, I've been on the wine though, maybe in the morning the post will seem longer and more babbly again...

31. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Lmfao…. Wait till tomorrow, and he will be writing 1000 word essay.

30. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

I can't believe how short his post was. First time seen him posting short. Where else I have to read his essay, which takes near 4miniutes to read. Lmao.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn, that's real talk.

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