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FBI Says It May No Longer Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone of Slain San Bernardino Killer
Posted on Mar 21, 2016
The FBI has changed its tune. After weeks of arguing that it had no way to crack the iPhone 5C of slain San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook without Apple’s help, the government on Monday said it may have found a way to unlock the phone without Apple’s help, Wired reports.
The two sides were scheduled to fight in court again Tuesday, but on Monday the Justice Department filed an unexpected continuance motion on the hearing in Riverside, Calif.
The government’s move may be a signal that the San Bernardino legal battle is over and that Apple has won. While some believe the latest FBI decision was prompted by the vocal public backing for Apple, including amicus briefs filed in its support, most people don’t expect the encryption war to end anytime soon.
All along, Apple has said the Justice Department’s goal was to set a precedent that forced companies to help in future law enforcement cases involving demands for data access.
“The FBI figured out another way in, which we knew they had or could get if they really wanted,” Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Nate Cardozo told Wired. “They made a strategic decision to call off this one as the test case.”
Read the full Apple vs. FBI motion to vacate here.
—Posted by Eric Ortiz
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