Apple iCloud for years has provided a feature that allows you to completely restore a preconfigured smartphone with just a few clicks, such as in the case of theft to protect private data. In the US state of New York, technology was allegedly used in a special case: to eliminate evidence.
"Remote Wipe" through iCloud
At least that is what the local police department in the city of Schenectady has, which has 66,000 inhabitants, that is to the north of New York and near the state capital Albany. According to the documents of the court, the local newspaper Newspaper Gazette Juelle G., 24, is accused of driving a vehicle involved in a firing shot. She was captured and confiscated her iPhone X.
According to the legal documents, G. then initiated a "remote removal" of its device through the Apple iCloud service. Because the police do not protect the device by itself, for example, by taking it in a container that blocks the radio waves, it is unclear. G.'s lawyer, Daniel Smalls, dismissed the allegation of evidence against Newspaper Gazette back. The suspect did not erase the phone, which now seems pointless to the police. "Our position is that my client did not access anything remotely and removed anything remotely."
The suspect is not a computer expert
G. I did not know how to do it, she was not a computer expert. However, Apple makes it easy for users to start remote removal: You need to go to iCloud.com in your browser, log in, select your device in "Search for my iPhone" and you can run Remote Wipe with a few clicks. For this to work, iOS hardware must be previously enabled for "Find my iPhone", which Apple now offers by default, as the deterrent function of theft is very useful.
According to judicial documents, G. deleted his iPhone X well one day after the fire. She had been released after the crime. However, he was arrested again on November 2. He is accused of three acts: manipulating the evidence in two cases and preventing investigation in one case. Only the handling of evidence should affect the iPhone X, the investigation should have blocked G. the day of the act. If Schenectady's police officer in technology such as Faraday's containers should prevent smart charging phones from being remotely driven, it is unknown. The authority responded to a similar question Newspaper Gazette not at the beginning.