How many times have you set up a pattern password and then forgot it, or taken a friend’s phone and wasn’t able to get in because of this pattern?
Well apparently, the FBI ran into this problem. That’s right the FBI couldn’t crack the 3×3 pattern grid to get into the phone of Dante Dears. The FBI was trying to access his phone because he was arrested for being a pimp, and they needed information. Apparently they couldn’t get it because they couldn’t get inside the phone.
The FBI now needs to obtain a warrant to search his phone because a locked phone is a violation of the waiver he signed that grants them access to personal items.
The FBI has sent a subpoena to Google asking for the following:
- The subscriber’s name, address, Social Security number, account login and password
- "All e-mail and personal contact list information on file for cellular telephone"
- The times and duration of every webpage visited
- All text messages sent and received from the phone, including photo and video messages
- Any e-mail addresses or instant messenger accounts used on the phone
- "Verbal and/or written instructions for overriding the ‘pattern lock’ installed on the" phone
- All search terms, Internet history, and GPS data that Google has stored for the phone
I’m sure this will all be complied with and this mess will be over soon. This just goes to show
Android phones are safe, as the FBI couldn’t even get in.
Via Ars Technica