March 29, 2016
No one could have predicted these people were dangerous.
As if by magic, the FBI has managed to crack the encryption on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone.
The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday it has successfully accessed data stored on the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino gunman without Apple’s help, ending the court case against the tech company.
The surprise development effectively ends a pitched court battle between Apple and the Obama administration.
The government asked a federal judge to vacate a disputed order forcing Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone, saying it was no longer necessary.
The court filing in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California provided no details about how the FBI did it or who showed it how. Apple did not immediately comment on the development.
“As the government noted in its filing today, the FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple required by this Court Order,” DOJ spokeswoman Melaine Newman said in a statement. “The FBI is currently reviewing the information on the phone, consistent with standard investigatory procedures.”
The surprise development also punctured the temporary perception that Apple’s security might have been good enough to keep consumers’ personal information safe even from the U.S. government — with the tremendous resources it can expend when it wants to uncover something.
The FBI used the technique to access data on an iPhone used by gunman Syed Farook, who died with his wife in a gun battle with police after they killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.
They aren’t explaining how it was done, but someone apparently assisted them. Or – probably more likely – they knew how the whole time, and just wanted to press Apple to give them backdoor software.
Anyway, bravo to Apple for standing up to the government privacy-invasion machine. Though it’s too bad their security isn’t actually as good as they’d claimed.
Probably, the FBI didn’t actually crack the encryption itself, but just figured out some way to bypass it. But I don’t think we’ll ever know the details.
But remember, goyim: not every haji on an iPhone is planning a terrorist attack – some of them are just checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush.