Friday 19 January 2018

FBI has started cracking Apple devices for other cases


Mark O'Beirne

The FBI is assisting other prosecutors with their cases by cracking Apple devices having just discovered how to unlock an iPhone.

The Department of Justice recently dropped its legal case over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone after the FBI got assistance in cracking the phone. Now, the FBI is using this knowledge to assist other prosecutor’s in unlocking Apple devices relevant to their cases.

The FBI has offered to help a prosecutor in Arkansas hack an iPhone and an iPod in a double murder case. They will bypass the security features of these devices, which belonged to two teenagers charged with killing an elderly couple.

The date of the trial of the teenagers has been moved from next week to June 27th so that the FBI can crack the iOS devices.

The US government has said that it won’t share how it accessed the iPhone. It seems like it won’t tell Apple either, which puts the tech company in a tricky position. There is an exploit that someone knows about; the race could be on to find and patch this before it’s used for nefarious purposes.

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