Dubai-based Crowdfense, which buys zero day exploits for iOS and a variety of other platforms, is trying to streamline the process of sourcing vulnerabilities.
Motherboard found that federal and more local law enforcement agencies have bought tech to unlock up to date iPhones. But the FBI, which is pushing for backdoors, refuses to say whether it has also purchased the equipment.
As the FBI pushes once again for backdoors in consumer encryption products, the State Department is apparently taking advantage of a $50 per iPhone unlocking product from Grayshift, a company with an ex-Apple engineer on its staff.
The abrupt end to a confrontation that had transfixed the tech industry was a victory for Apple, which said helping investigators break into the iPhone would have set a dangerous precedent.
The tech community and supporters of Apple suggested the timing of the FBI's announcement, just a day before a major hearing in the case, was suspicious.
Resetting the phone's iCloud password potentially blocked an alternate way for authorities to access the data on the phone without Apple’s help.
The FBI’s request for Apple to help unlock an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino mass shooting could have massive repercussions.