FBI Cracks iPhone, Drops Case Against Apple
The Justice Department dropped its case against Apple Monday after an “outside party” was reportedly used to crack the iPhone of Syed Farook.
According to the court filing, “The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc…”
The phone, which was encrypted with a four-digit passcode, was designed to automatically erase its contents after 10 failed passcode attempts. The government’s original order demanded Apple create an entirely new operating system with such security measures disabled, allowing the FBI to preserve the data while making unlimited passcode guesses.
Following the announcement, tech and legal experts began raising questions on whether the technique would be used on other iPhones
Will the FBI share their new iOS exploit with the Manhattan DA’s office and other state/local agencies who have iPhones they want to unlock?
— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) March 28, 2016