Judge orders Apple to help FBI recover data from San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

By , Feb 16, 2016

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Apple to help investigators access encrypted data on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, reports NBC News. The ruling says that the Cupertino firm must provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI in recovering data from the handset.

More specifically, the device is an iPhone 5c that belongs to Syed Farook, who with his wife Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California last year. The phone is locked with a passcode, and prosecutors say data found in Farook’s iCloud account suggests it could contain evidence.

Prosecutors alleged in their filing that Farook may have disabled the iCloud data feature to hide evidence. Although investigators have been able to obtain several backup versions of Farook’s iCloud data, the most recent version they’ve been able to access dates from about a month and a half before the shooting. They said this showed Farook “may have disabled the feature to hide evidence.”

In recent years, Apple has made user privacy a top priority, and a tentpole feature for its iOS platform. In fact, last October, the company told a judge in New York that it’s impossible for it to extract data from a passcode-locked iPhone running iOS 8 or later. It has 5 days to respond to the court’s order.

Source: NBC News

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  • rocket625

    don’t think we can

  • rocket625

    its not public key

  • Morgan Freeman

    I pray to God they aren’t able to get access.

  • Devin

    For a fake shooting? Wonder what information they will “find” on the phone. Watch the “shooter” have iOS 7 or below so Apple has the ability to access it. lol

    • Alex Wilson

      Fake shooting?

      • Devin

        Do some research on the topic. Believe it or not, you can’t believe everything on the news. lol

      • Shinonuke

        No, it is not fake. Research all you want but the victims have been accounted for.

      • Devin

        Just shows you haven’t researched anything. lol No hate, you’re entitled to your opinion.

      • George

        Stop listening to Alex Jones, your brain has gotten rotten.

      • Devin

        No need to disrespect, George.

      • George

        Dude real people died, who’s the one being disrespectful? Now if you want to say the shooting was planned by the government fine, but don’t say it never happened.

      • Devin

        I’ll stop entertaining this here. lol

      • Julio Hernandez

        I was literally down the street from where the shooting happened and witnessed the shootout as these idiots drove by. By no means was this fake dude, don’t believe every illuminati/conspiracy theory video you see on YouTube.

      • Blip dude

        I’m not one to normally comment because I could care less about what happens to the human race (oh how I wish the apocalypse turned out to be true though). But please, get the **** out of here with that conspiracy bull****. The illuminati may be real, but just like everyone else, you aren’t doing a damn thing about it. So how are you exactly better than any other human??

    • Dao Sasone

      This isn’t fake. It happened in California and i was in that area.

      • Devin

        I’m aware they made a huge event out of it. Doesn’t prove its authenticity. Things aren’t always as they appear. Get a second opinion. Research this on google/youtube. knowledge is power. 😉

      • Sleaka J

        Research on Youtube? HAHAHA!

        Might as well have just said Wikipedia.

        At least we now know how gullible you are.

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    • Marcus

      I live about an hour from San Bernardino and I can confirm that it’s definitely real… It’s also good to get news from 4-5 different sources. I would take note on that. If something is a “fact” you’ll be able to find it on multiple reputable websites.

  • Alex Wilson

    I can see this case going further in the courts as I think Apple will take a stand.
    How far will it go? Well for those that want to maintain privacy right you very
    well may really miss Justice Antonin Scalia now.

  • 5723alex .

    ““reasonable technical assistance””
    The Judge asked Apple to write a program that will disable wiping data after numerous attempts at inserting passkey.

  • Dao Sasone

    Dam. What else can the government demand? In this case im for the government. Anything to get justice for the deceased.

    • Rowan09

      No exceptions because soon they make everything an exception.

      • Dao Sasone

        What if these people happen to be one of your family member? Wouldn’t you want the government to step in and get as much info as they can to prevent it from happening again? Dont get me wrong. I opposed many government involvement.

      • Shinonuke

        The “what if it’s your family” argument is invalid. Emotions will cloud you from rational thinking. The demand by the government appears to be for the good but the consequences might not be worth it per many technical experts and critical thinkers. I feel bad for the victim but I can’t support the demand to infringe on privacy of its citizens. You can also argue that people, who are innocent, should not have anything to hide. However, doing short research into the criminal cases, you might be surprised to find that many people have been incarcerated from suggestive evidence.

      • Kaptivator

        Family or no family…Many should not be sacrificed for one. If anyone wants to be upset…be upset at the government, not Apple.

      • Rowan09

        As stated below emotions may get to me but what do they think they are going to accomplish secret documents for terrorist locations? Come on this is all just foolish and I believe Apple should not do it for them.

    • Sleaka J

      Yeah, because history has shown just how much the government won’t abuse something like this…

      • Dao Sasone

        Yea ik. We are already cattles. Soon we’ll be lab rats.

  • George

    The more and more freedom we give up for false security.

  • :D

    Privacy vs. Safety

  • One step closer to the government snooping into anybody’s phone; anytime; for any reason

    • TornBodies

      they already do

  • Vince Reedy

    Tim Cook should tell them to wait for a jailbreak like the rest of us.
    In all seriousness, a tool that bypasses security in the hands of the government is a bad thing. Here’s an idea, why don’t we get a bit more strict on who can and can’t enter the country? Why does the government always take the easy way out and force the American people to forfeit liberties because the government isn’t doing its job up top? This is part of a much bigger issue and I’m glad someone with some clout and resources is taking up the fight. It’s not as simple as just let them in to that particular phone. We are asking Apple to create a program that enables access to all iPhones. I’m sorry the victims’ families have to go through this but don’t expect the whole country to give up freedom and privacy to “maybe” get some useful info.

    • assumes

      Very well said! This dude here brings up a very good point! People don’t think long term and only then when, their privacy gets compromised will they bitch and complain about it. I’m not an American. I’m Canadian and I see it. It’s happening here too in Canada. The future of prosperity, liberties and privacy is becoming a thing of the past! North America is now the land of push overs. They should be more worried about what comes on! Just a an opinion!

  • L “lafr” Franyie

    The day the Government has a software capable of accessing my iPhone, that day i will cancel my iCloud and start backing up on my external hard drive. Probably a lot of people will do the same and that will affect the carrier company. Every time something happens the Government wants to pass a law. That’s why communism is against freedom and capital gain, will anyone invest or trust when somebody taking advance of the government power is telling you what to do or what to think.

  • Keith Morrell

    I’m on Apple’s side. protect privacy.

  • Antzboogie

    Happy to see Tim Cook protecting our privacy.

  • Adam Gorecki

    How about everyone just give up their password and freedom to the FBI right now?!