Italian investigators fail to unlock device of terror suspect

May 13, 2016 | Brainwave Science

Italian investigators fail to unlock device of terror suspect
May 13, 2016 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION
According to The Guardian, Italian investigators have been unable to unlock the Apple iPhone 6 of a suspect involved in an alleged terror ring in Bari, a development that mirrors a similar setback faced by US law enforcement officials following the San Bernadino attack.
The failure to unlock encrypted devices raises the prospects of another long standoff between Apple and officials involved in a terror investigation, after the California Technology Company staunchly refused to cooperate with US investigators seeking to pull information from the phone that belonged to San Bernadino gunman Syed Farook. Yet again, timely and critical information that may generate crucial investigative leads are being hampered by this debacle.
CHALLENGE
The contents of the phone could reveal relevant information for law enforcement to better understand the suspects’ motives, alliances and allegiances, stored targets or searches of family, friends, affiliate ties, communication links, or networks.
Roberto Rossi, a prosecutor in the southern port city of Bari, said police had been unable to penetrate an iPhone that belonged to a suspect named as Mansoor Ahmadzai.
“It must be said that here we have found the same difficulty that was encountered by the FBI, because we seized an iPhone that we were unable to breach…” Rossi said, according to La Stampa, the Italian daily.
As investigative officers are unable to access phones or other electronic devices of suspected terrorists due to increasing sophistication of hardware and data encryption, intelligence gathering begs for alternative solutions. Acquiring critical data in a timely, safe and in a non-invasive manner is key to understanding or piecing together very quickly complex plots or vindication of alleged suspects. This is where Brain Fingerprinting becomes the most valuable intelligence gathering tool.
WHY BRAIN FINGERPRINTING
Brain Fingerprinting is a highly advanced technology apparatus that offers an objective and knowledge-based means of identification. By analyzing specific brain responses called the P300 and P300 MERMER, the solution safely and non-invasively verifies whether the information contained in the person’s account is present in his/her brain. Inversely, the system can detect the information a suspect would deny knowing, such as bomb-making knowledge or terrorist affiliations.
The capability to detect whether specific information is stored in a person’s brain is unparalleled—no other security solution in the world offers a powerful specific screening solution that is able to efficiently answer to the crisis of terrorism globally. Investigation and background checks are exorbitantly time-consuming, interrogation is most often unreliable, and biometric identification cannot reveal what information the person is harboring.
Prosecutors now are faced with ever more growing number of encrypted digital devices and information, therefore access for investigative purposes becomes increasingly difficult. This is a problem with especially high profile suspects. Law enforcement agents need an alternative source of intelligence gathering to collect and analyze critical information. This information could disrupt or foil a terrorist attack before it develops, making it extremely harder for future plots. Brain Fingerprinting is an advanced means of getting intelligence, eliminating number of suspects, highly accurate tool to corroborate/ cross verify assumptions and leads.