FBI Looking to Try and Crack Into Another iPhone

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) looked into “legal and technical options” for breaking into another terrorists’s iPhone. Wired reports that potential prospect of a second legal showdown between Apple and the Bureau was raised in a statement issued today by the FBI.

the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking to access another iPhone, this one related to Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 people in a mall located in Minnesota earlier this year:
“At a press conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota today, FBI special agent Rich Thorton said that the FBI has obtained the iPhone of Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before a police officer shot and killed him. (The fundamentalist militant organization ISIS claimed credit for the attack via social media.) As in Farook’s case, the attacker’s phone is locked with a passcode. And Thorton said the FBI is still trying to figure out how to gain access to the phone’s contents.
“Dahir Adan’s iPhone is locked,” Thornton told reporters, “We are in the process of assessing our legal and technical options to gain access to this device and the data it may contain.”
Apple has made it clear that it will not go to extreme lengths to access a locked iPhone, but it has also made it clear that it will provide readily available information that’s accessible by the company — without having to bypass a security measure placed on the device. The FBI already know these things, and it’s likely that the agency will find another route into accessing the phone, just like it did the last time in a high-profile situation like this.

Apple’s boss Tim Cook likened the request to “the software equivalent of cancer.”


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