Grayshift, the company that unlocks iPhones for police, has been hit by a data breach
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Grayshift, the company behind GrayKey, which can be used by law enforcement agencies to unlock iPhones, has been hit by a data breach that allowed a small portion of the GrayKey codebase to be snatched up by hackers.
VICE’s Motherboard reports that last week, unknown hackers leaked portions of GrayKey code, and sent Grayshift a ransom request of 2 Bitcoin (roughly $19,000 at the time) to stop them from publishing further material related to the system.
The ransom demand was addressed to David Miles, a co-founder of the company.
Mr. David Miles,
This is addressed to you and any other people interested in keeping GrayKey product secure and not available to the wide [sic] public.
We are a ‘business group’ looking forward to bring into your attention the fact that we HAVE obtained the source code for your product GrayKey and would appreciate any donation above 2 BTC
While this might be a trivial ransom attempt (2BTC is close to the price of one GrayKey unit), it does underscore that even security firms aren’t immune from security issues.