iPhone Security

Hi Fr. Robert. We met when you and Leo were at Maker Faire in San Mateo.

My question, to someone that seems to know the hackerverse is, what can a police agency get off a locked iPhone XR, running iOS 14, with a 6 digit passcode, in the space of 15 minutes.

Can they image the phone? Tally the installed apps? Install something? Pull particular data?


There is a problem with this question. Anyone who knows the truth is never going to tell you. If Apple knows the phones are vulnerable, they’re not going to say so because that would hurt sales. If the three letter agencies know the phones are vulnerable, they’ll never say because they don’t want to lose access to what they would consider a valuable tool. If the Hackerverse knows it’s vulnerable, they’ll never tell the truth because they’d rather sell the vulns to the company that sells them to the cops for big bucks.

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