Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fingerprint Access to iPhone can be Forced by Police

I interviewed Ruben Dodge about John McAfee and iPhone security. Ruben has a lot knowledge on the subject. I learned that the police can force you to unlock your phone using your fingerprint but they CANNOT force you to hand over your pin.

What does this mean?

If you have data on your phone that you want to keep private the best way to do it is to turn off your phone when being pulled over. When your phone restarts you must first enter your pin, making it impossible for the police to legally compel you to open the device.

Program an abnormal finger into the fingerprint sensor. After about 5 attempts of opening your device with the wrong finger, the phone will require the pin. At that point you cannot be legally compelled to give it.

Checkout the podcast episode.

This is important because the police and federal agents are not always the good guy. When Ross Ulbricht was being investigated for being the "Dread Pirate Roberts," the Dread Pirate Roberts who is self-described as the one who created the Silk Road (a dark web ebay of high quality drugs), the agents who were investigating him somehow obtained millions of dollars in bitcoin. In fact, those same agents had been investigating Mark Karpeles until they received a bitcoin payment, then shifted their investigation to Ross Ulbricht. Ulbricht was convicted on the evidence gathered by these agents.

My talk with Ruben was recorded over a month ago but he has some fascinating insights that are only now starting to make waves in the blogosphere.

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