FBI says they have successfully hacked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, drops lawsuit
The Justice Department today dropped its lawsuit against Apple after it said it had successfully hacked the disputed iPhone used by one of the two San Bernardino shooters.
“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,” the DOJ said in a filing with the court.
“Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated.”
The FBI had reportedly contracted with the Israeli firm Cellebrite in order to help it hack the data from the iPhone.
For Apple, it may have successfully put off the FBI, but now the public knows that Apple’s iPhone can potentially be hacked. At least, this older model. One can be sure Apple will be working now to find out exactly what the Israeli company did, and make sure existing and new models can be sold as secure.
The DOJ said it will continue its efforts to gather data from encrypted devices, either with the help of tech companies, or without.
“It remains a priority for the government to ensure that law enforcement can obtain crucial digital information to protect national security and public safety, either with cooperation from relevant parties or through the court system,” the DOJ said in a statement.