Freezing an Android phone will reveal its secrets.

 

Samsung Phone with Android Robot icon
Samsung Phone with Android Robot icon. Image credit: IntelFreePress/CC BY-SA 2.0

Forensic scientists have found a way to access data in Android phones. By freezing the phone for an hour then removing and replacing the battery, they were able to create an opening for them to start up the device with a custom-built software. They were also able to copy the encryption keys because they discovered that data faded more slowly on cold chips.

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