We all know the story of the prototype iPhone 4 that was left in a bar and destroyed what could have been one of the biggest surprises in Apple’s history.
But have you heard it about the stolen prototype iPhones that still alleviated in accidental hands – in this case, hackers bent on finding ways to break into Apple’s operating system?
That is the focus of a new survey Motherboard this week, claiming that there is now a gray market for “dev-fused” iPhone prototypes that have been stolen from Apple’s production lines. They are devices that are truly valuable to help security researchers find vulnerabilities because they run a less hardened version of the operating system where root access is trivial to obtain, the report said.
The motherboard sources say that the “switchboard” phones ̵
1; a dev-melted iPhone X cost as little as $ 1,800 – have already been used to develop the handheld Cellebrite machines reportedly used by law enforcement agencies to break into phones. Initially, Cellebrite thought it was the company that helped the FBI beat an iPhone 5C belonging to a San Bernadino terrorist 2016, but it was later rejected. The FBI paid an unknown party over $ 1 million to enter this phone.
And, Motherboard these stolen phones were the way security security researchers could study Apple’s special Security Enclave Security Coprocessor in 2017, which potentially exposed vulnerabilities in the chip specifically designed to keep iPhones safe.
There is much more throughout the motherboard .