The FBI has been successful at unlocking Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone without the help of Apple. The move has ended a court case brought by the FBI against the tech giant.
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Apple had failed to follow through with a court order requiring them to create new software that would enable security forces to access the San Bernardino gunman’s phone.
FBI officials have however announced that they have been able to access the phone without Apple’s input and have requested that the court order be withdrawn.
In December, Farook and his wife went on a shooting spree in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people. Police shot them dead later.
The FBI insisted that it needed to access the phone to find out if Farooz and his wife were collaborating with others and whether they were targeting other victims.
According to US officials, Tashfeen Malik, Farook’s wife, had announced her allegiance to the Islamic State on social media.
Last week, US court prosecutors indicated that an outside party had discovered a way to unlock the iPhone without needing Apple’s input.
The justice department requested that a court hearing with Apple be postponed, while it determined alternative ways of accessing the phone.
The technology giant has insisted that it had no way of accessing the phone and asked the government to share with them any loopholes of the iPhone that may be discovered.
Eileen Decker, California’s top federal prosecutor, said officials had received outside help even though they did not specify who this was.
Decker added, “The government is committed to ensuring that law enforcement officials can access crucial digital information that can protect public safety and national security.”
Apple said, in response to the move, “All throughout, we were against the FBI’s demand that Apple create access to the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would be a dangerous precedent. Following the government’s dismissal of the case, these have not occurred. Even then, this case should never have been initiated.”
The technology company said it would put greater effort to boost the security of its products.