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FBI Asked Google To Unlock Android Phone

FBI Asked Google To Unlock Android Phone
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Various government agencies sent 5,950 criminal investigation requests for data on Google users and services from Jan. 1-June 30, 2011.

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The FBI applied for a search warrant ordering Google to crack open a screen-locked Android phone seized in an investigation, a security researcher says.

The affidavit applying for a search warrant asks Google to “provide law enforcement with any and all means of gaining access, including log-in and password information, password reset, and/or manufacturer default code (“PUK”), in order to obtain the complete contents of the memory” of a confiscated phone, researcher Christopher Soghoian said.

The smartphone was apparently seized from Dante Dears, allegedly a founding member of a California street gang who is suspected of violating his parole by running a prostitution ring, TGDaily.com reported.

“We do not know if Google has complied with the request,” Soghoian wrote in a security blog post. “Given that an unlocked smartphone will continue to receive text messages and new e-mails (transmitted after the device was first seized), one could reasonably argue that the government should have to obtain a wiretap order in order to unlock the phone.”

The number of U.S. government requests for data on Google users has increased considerably, Google said.

Various government agencies sent 5,950 criminal investigation requests for data on Google users and services from Jan. 1-June 30, 2011, compared to 4,601 requests from July 1-Dec. 31, 2010, it said.

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  • Don Richardson

    Though I am a law an order type, i have a problem with Government intrusion into our lives. What they consider justified is open for debate.
    Recent Supreme court decision found in favor of the drug sellers after a G P S unit was attached to the vehicle for tracking by authorities..
    This can be considered a win for individuals driving commercial vehicles an being monitored by mandate from federal authorities that require submission of locations an activities.

  • Bert Cundle Sr.

    Somewhere there is a Law against whatever we THINK!

    • steve hughes

      government wants absolute control of the citizen, but doesn’t want to be responsibile for their own actions. who can you trust ??? anybody ??

      • Bert Cundle Sr.

        Control & Security have been blended… “Whos Security & Whos Control…”

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        ROM PAUL

  • Paul F. Last

    One more step toward total control of our lives, and the destruction of our Constitution. Ask your Senators and Representatives to explain the “New World Order”. Vote all of them out if they have been there more that one term for Senators and 3 terms for Representatives.

    • restorefreedom

      You are so right reps and dems are on the same team working against us and for NWO and we are all watching it happen. Actually if you watch MSM you could be virtually unaware of any of it.

    • Bert Cundle Sr.

      One more step toward total control of our lives, and the destruction of our Constitution.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      The Constitution is their Shield Not Ours…
      We are under “STATE PENAL CODE” No Shield!

  • independant thinker

    “The FBI applied for a search warrant ordering Google to crack open a screen-locked Android phone seized in an investigation, a security researcher says.”

    It would appear the FBI is at least giving “lip service” to following the rules. My biggest condern would be the range of things they want. It would appear the FBI is asking for tools they can use on any Android phone to unlock it. If they feel that phone is critical to their investigation they should be asking for access to THAT pnone and only that phone. As noted it is also possible they need a wiretap authorization instead of or in addition to the search warrent.

  • Jeff Barker

    Our FBI and other law enforcement seem to get dumber and dumber. Why do they need Google to crack the phone? In the old days, they would just do it themselves. If Google won’t do it, they could try asking any grade school hacker to do it for them.

    • Deerinwater

      You think so? I don’t.

  • Deerinwater

    Well, ~ electronics is everywhere these days.

    A few years back, one of my lady friends attorney busted her husband chops in court proceedings with data offered and documented by “On Star” in his truck. He was a liar and he was documented a liar by his own electronics!

    It’s hard to not cast a shadow anymore, my advise to anyone, “Not do things you can’t speak of.”

    Problem solved ! ~~ more or less.

  • gary jerkovich

    I believe it was Ben Franklin who said Those who chose security over freedom deserves none.

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