Data recovery company DriveSavers claims that it can successfully unlock all iPhones and iPads running and recover the data stored on them with “a 100% success rate”.
The company says that its service is utilizing "new technology" to unlock and recover data from passcode-protected smartphones of every make, model and operating system with any length passcode, including phones and tablets with more complicated passcodes of six digits or more.
The company says it offers the unlocking service to families, individuals and other consumers and that outside of DriveSavers, it is only available for use by law enforcement.
"This service is only available to the actual owner of the data on the locked smartphone," the company says. But how do they verify the owner of a device?
"We attempt to validate the legal right to access the data during all phases of the recovery process. This starts with the information gathered during the intake process. We also have a legal authorization form requiring specific information identifying the right to the data," they say. "Our recovery engineers will note discrepancies between the intake information and the data on the device and notify the appropriate manager. Our Customer Service Department will follow up on any discrepancies and address these with the customer before we provide any data."
DriveSavers charge owners $3,900 for the recovering service, which is advertised for Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and iOS devices.
The interesting part is that unlike most security holes which are disclosed to Apple, this one is being kept secret. With DriveSavers keeping the flaw a secret to protect its new service, Apple should find and fix it.