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DougS Silver badge

"pushing the problem backwards"

Remember that physical access to the phone would also be required, so sure a state actor could conceivably plant agents in five different organizations, then steal the target's phone, but since it would have to be put into a mode from which it cannot resume normal operation at least they couldn't do it without the target's knowledge.

You can come up with improbable what-ifs for almost everything, but I think the scenario you describe is a lot more work than simply kidnapping your target and beating him with a rubber host until he unlocks his phone for you. Unless your target is a world leader constantly surrounded by security I don't see how kidnapping isn't far easier - and if this scheme is implemented world leaders will insure they get phones without the easy-unlock keys us little people have to use.

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