Tools to break encryption

Andrew Crow made this Official Information request to New Zealand Customs Service

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From: Andrew Crow

Dear New Zealand Customs Service,

I am looking for more information and detail behind statement made in TVNZ article.

TVNZ article titled, "Digital strip searches at NZ airports force hundreds of Kiwis to surrender mobile and laptop passwords each year"

In that article it has paragraph of:
"We can seize their device at the moment, and we have tools to break that encryption," Bramford said.

There have been much debate about encryption in last weeks, many technical people stated the modern encryption can't be broken by governments.

I am looking to understand if this statement is correct; then what tools do you use to break encryption?

I do understand that revelling operational tool maybe protected from OIA, but this case it is that a statement was made that is not factual and no such tools can exist.
I feel that reviling such tools in public interest due to the current debate about governments and encryption breaking.

Under OIA I request:

1. Clarification of statements about encryption.

2. Names of the tools.

3. Any other information you feel would help in understanding the comment made to TVNZ

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Crow

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Hi Andrew


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