FBI may not need Apple’s help anymore in unlocking Syed’s iPhone


The FBI might not need Apple’s help anymore to unlock the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone, this is because an “outside party” has found a possible way for the authorities to gain access to data stored on the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, a suspect in the attack. In a filing, federal prosecutors said “an outside party” came forward over the weekend and showed the FBI a possible method in which Syed’s iPhone can be unlocked. The US authorities said they need time to determine “whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data” on the phone. If viable, “it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple”, according to the filing

Although a stand-off in court was expected on Tuesday, this has prompted the delay on a court hearing by the US Department of Justice on Monday, so the procedure supplied by the “outside party” can be tested.

The request was made known just after the company unveiled it’s latest products. Apple CEO Tim Cook, during the unveiling of the iPhone SE and the new iPad Pro, opened his keynote speech by saying that the company “would not shrink from its responsibility” over protecting it’s customers privacy. Cook also thanked the technology community for its support in the ongoing case, tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft (Although Bill Gates doesn’t support Apple) agrees with Tim Cook’s stand.

We need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data.

Tim Cook
Apple CEO

The dispute between Apple and the FBI began when Apple refused to assist assist the FBI to unlock Syed’s iPhone. According to Apple, helping the FBI hack into the iPhone would set a dangerous precedent and make customer data less secure.

Although this development could end the fight between the government and Apple over data privacy, it could also be used in such a way it compromises the security of iPhone users especially when in the wrong hands, Apple Co founder, Steve Wozniak, also warned concerning a “Backdoor” for the iPhone, according to him “bad people will find a way to it” .

A status report is expected to e filed by the government by April 5. Click Apple Vs FBI for more on the fight between Apple and FBI over unlocking Syed’s iPhone.

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. It was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977, and was renamed as Apple Inc. The American multinational technology company designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. Its hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, and the Apple Watch smartwatch. Apple’s consumer software includes the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, and iCloud. Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

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