Digital forensics company Grayshift markets its GrayKey hardware product to Law Enforcement Agencies, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service and some UK police forces and other agencies around over the world – to enable them to retrieve data from Apple products.
In March 2018 Grayshift (based in USA) promised police & governments that GrayKey could crack the passcodes of the latest iOS models, right up to the iPhone X.
But now Apple has blocked the software hole they used so that GreyKey can’t break passcodes of any iPhone running iOS 12 or above.
On those devices, GrayKey can only do what’s called a “partial extraction,” This means police using the tool can only draw out encrypted files and small amounts of metadata.
Whilst this won’t concern many members of the public, It does make a standout statement from Apple’s perspective – taking a strong privacy stance like this in the current US & global political climate can be a real double edged-sword. As we have previously seen not everyone supports Apples viewpoint.