FBI Hacks San Bernardino Gunman’s iPhone Without Apple’s Help


iPhone-5s-iPhone-5c-Keynote-iPhone-UNLOCK FBIShort Bytes: The FBI has finally managed to break into the San Bernardino iPhone without Apple’s help. This development has also resulted in putting an end to the ongoing FBI vs. Apple battle in the court. It’s been speculated that the government has taken the help of some mysterious third party who remains unidentified.

The FBI has managed to break into the iPhone of San Bernardino gunman without Apple’s help, according to the US justice department. This has finally put an end to the ongoing FBI vs. Apple battle that going back and forth in the court.

The official filing states:

The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016.

In the past, Apple has been resisting a court order that asked the firm to create a backdoor in the Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone. But, on Monday, officials said that it has asked the order to be withdrawn.

It should be noted that Farook and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino shooting in December. Later, they were shot dead by the Police.

It’s been speculated that the government has taken the help from some mysterious third party who remains unidentified. It’s being hoped that Apple will ask for the details about this hack to make its devices more secure, but it remains unclear if Apple will get any details about the same.

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According to the Department of Justice, this method only works on this iPhone 5c in particular. But, the people related to the case are finding it hard to believe that FBI won’t be unlocking other iPhones running the same iOS 9 version.

If we talk about the winner of this battle, Apple has been able to resist the government’s request. Over the past years, the company has been working hard to make its devices more secure and this incident established Apple’s place as a privacy advocate.

Here’s what Apple had to say about this outcome:

From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.

What are your views regarding this FBI vs. Apple? Share your views in the comments below.

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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