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FBI claims to have found a way to unlock San Bernardino attacker's iPhone without Apple's help

FBI claims that it has figured out another way to hack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone without Apple compromising its security systems.

  • Published: March 22, 2016 3:54 PM IST
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Federal authorities have claimed that they potentially had another way into the San Bernardino shooter’s iphone, without Apple compromising its security systems. According to the Guardian, the development comes as a major build up to a two year battle over digital privacy between the US government and Silicon Valley. On Monday evening, US magistrate judge Sheri Pym stayed her previous order that Apple help the government crack the passcode on the iPhone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook.

The justice department said in its filing that it might have a different way to break into device – something that cryptographers, leading data security experts and even Edward Snowden have said was possible without placing the cyber security of all iPhone users at risk through creating what Apple derisively calls “GovtOS”.

Nevertheless, the government has firmly maintained that Apple alone had the technical ability to get inside the device.

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Yesterday at an event in California, where the Apple launched the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch, the companies CEO Tim Cook said that the company’s main objective is to protect its customers data and privacy.

With additional inputs

  • Published Date: March 22, 2016 3:54 PM IST