Finally, consumers can now buy something that can break into a locked iOS device. DriveSavers today, announced the release of a new consumer-facing device that’s designed to unlock iOS devices for customers who have forgotten their passcodes, while being locked out after too many entry attempts, or for people who need access to their data on the device of a deceased family member.
DriveSavers say that it’s using “new proprietary technology”, to recover data from passcode locked devices, which is a service that was previously been limited to only law enforcement agencies and unavailable to the average consumer.
It has not been known what technology DriveSavers is actually using to access the data on iOS devices, though it might be a passcode guessing feature or something related to iCloud data, with the company suggesting it’s able to recover data like photos, videos, contacts, text messages, voice recordings, and even more.
The service is also advertised for Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and iOS devices, so the full breadth of information DriveSavers can recover from an iPhone or an iPad is unclear at the moment.
Law enforcement agencies have long used data recovery hacks and devices to gain access to locked iPhone devices. The most well known recovery method highlighted in the most recent months is the GrayKey box, which can brute force the passcode on an iOS device using the same kind of proprietary jailbreaking software. The GrayKey was allegedly disabled with iOS 12, though DriveSavers may also be using similar devices or unlocking methods.
Many government agencies have also become capable of requesting data straight from the iCloud from Apple, though is presumably not a method that’s available to DriverSavers for consumer data recovery requests.
The Passcode Lockout Data Recovery service is only for standard customers only, basically, and DriveSavers noted that it will not unlock devices for law enforcement or other government agencies. Prior to unlocking a device, DriveSavers also verifies ownership “during all of the phases of the whole recovery process”, and requires legal authorization forms with customers required to provide specific information before any access to the data is granted.
DriverSavers also does not provide pricing for it’s Passcode Lockout Data Recovery Service, and they also have suggested that those who are interested must call the company for more information.
UPDATE: DriveSavers has also provided us with even more information on it’s iPhone unlocking service. The company is actually able to fully unlock the iPhone and return the unlocked device to the owner. There’s an option to back up the phone’s data to an external device. DriveSavers is unforunately not able to provide any further information on it’s unlocking methods.
The service is also not inexpensive, as being priced around $3,900. DriveSavers is also using strict identification protocols, which in some cases makes requesting documents that include death certificates, probate documents, court documents, and even more. DriveSavers also says that most consumers who use the service to access data from the device is for a deceased loved one.