Apple's smartphones have gained notoriety in recent years when it comes to data security, and the company refuses to unblock phones confiscated by the FBI. It seems that the iOS security system is largely impenetrable by traditional methods, especially on 64-bit processor devices. But if you have the "keys" of the system, the process can easily be done. At least this is what the company of a former Apple engineer can unlock for any iPhone on the market, including the new iPhone X with the GrayKey software
A group of security specialists who worked for the US government together with a former Apple engineer founded Grayshift, which sells the GreyKey solution. This is a turnkey method for unlocking most of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod models on the market. The list of features includes unlocking deactivated phones, breaking 4, 6 or more passwords, full file system copying, and compatibility with the latest iOS versions
GrayKey exists in two variants. A web version that can be used to unlock 300 devices at a unique $ 15,000 per year price, and an offline version that can be used for unlimited unlocking at $ 30,000 a year. The price suggests that this solution is not dedicated to ordinary users but rather to US agencies who could use GreyKey in investigations
The iPhone models supported by GreyKey are iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, with iPhone 5 and 5C will come soon. iOS 11 and iOS 10 are currently compatible software versions, while iOS 9 support will come soon. Air iPad tablets to date are also vulnerable as well as iPod Touch 5 and 6.
This method of breaking Apple's security system is not the first to emerge in the last few weeks. An Israeli company named Celebrite, who came to public attention a few years ago to offer unlocking services for an iPhone 5 for US services, has recently launched a similar solution.
Surely, Apple will try to identify and cover the vulnerability of its software, and all the affected phones are still on the list of devices with active software support, so an update like the next iOS 11.3 could stop GrayKey completely. It remains to wait for Apple's reaction and its official position on the legality of these tools