Last month, the FBI obtained a warrant to search Dante Dears’ Android phone. The device was obtained and was sent to FBI’s computer forensic labs. Guess whats next? The technicians were unable to crack the Android’s pattern lock.
Dante Dears was released in May 2011 from prison for being part of a group called “Pimpin’ Hoes Daily.”
After being released, he was under a GPS monitor that prevented him from participating in certain activities. Yet, he found another way to keep pimping with his Android phone, and picked a very unique pattern lock for it.
The FBI attempted too many times to unlock the pattern, and the phone is now in complete lockdown mode. The only way to unlock the phone is to gain access by the owner’s Google account credentials.
The FBI, lacking Dante’s Google credentials, issued a warrant to Google. The warrant request Google to provide the credentials. Google did not comment on this specific case, but it said, ”Like all law-abiding companies, we comply with valid legal process,”, and ”Whenever we receive a request we make sure it meets both the letter and spirit of the law before complying. If we believe a request is overly broad, we will seek to narrow it.”
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