DOJ postpones Apple hearing, says it has possible method to unlock iPhone

By , Mar 21, 2016


The Department of Justice on Monday asked to postpone a court hearing set for tomorrow on the high profile case of whether or not Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into an iPhone, reports Politico. Their request was granted.

For months, the DOJ has insisted they needed Apple’s help to break into the handset, as part of an ongoing terrorism investigation. Apple has steadfastly resisted, citing dangerous precedent, but the government may not need its help after all.

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”

“Accordingly, to provide time for testing the method, the government hereby requests that the hearing set for March 22, 2016 be vacated,” government lawyers wrote.

In February, Apple was ordered by a California judge to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple declined, sparking a high-profile battle on privacy between the government and several tech giants.

After weeks of motions and sharp public comments, it appeared as though both sides were prepared to dig in for a long fight—just this morning Cook reiterated Apple’s stance at its iPhone SE event. So today’s vacate request comes as a big surprise.

Source: Politico

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  • Nathan

    They’re just saying this so it’ll die down…and then they’ll try again when it isn’t as publicized.

    • Joey_Z

      yep, just like kids got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. They will try again when nobody is watching

  • Mike M. Powell

    was it 1234

    • Sleaka J

      That’s the kind of stupid combination an idiot would have on his luggage.

      • Steelahlive

        I thought it was 12345 😛

  • Alex Wilson

    My gut says they felt they were on the short end of the stick and didn’t want to risk a precedent being set.

  • Jerry

    They made the US Government security look weak. “Oh how is the secure nation of the world not able to crack a phone”

  • Chris

    […] an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone

    Emphasis around possible method, I hope they loose all the data on the device and continue to blame Apple for their stupidity.

  • Lordrootman

    Definitely they are and embarrassing our country security
    They afraid to loose on public

    • tariq

      I thought its spelled lose not loose

      • Chris Wagers

        I didn’t know my old English teacher trolled these comments. Mrs B is that you? People make spelling mistakes and its not hard to understand what they mean and instead of pointing it out just read it and move on.

      • tariq

        maybe the the person who wrote it would like to know the right spelling? i didnt mean it to be rude.. i was just saying

      • Chris Wagers

        If that’s the case my apologies. I see other people here making fun of people that spell things wrong and don’t mean it in a nice or educational way. I just know a lot of the people that comment here don’t know English as their first language. I know if I tried to write stuff in a different language I’d be misspelling lots of words. So again my apologies and thanks for helping them learn the correct spelling. We need more like you that try to help not make fun of!

      • tariq


  • zebonaut

    So apparently there was NO REASON AT ALL to destroy the Privacy of 300 Million United States Citizens

  • J™

    I’m guessing the FBI already knew of a way or someone to hack into the iPhone all along but it would be unethical to do that therefore they seek Apple to do it since it is their product and is the correct channel… but seeing that the FBI are probably not gonna get it their way, they now have no choice but to go back to their 1st option

  • They’re just going to wait until that draft in the senate goes through. If its approved then the DOJ wil say “unlock the iPhone”. If it doesn’t go through they’ll say “our proposed method didn’t work” then they’ll try all of this again later. Either way will allow the issue to cool off and maybe the public outcry will die down a bit.