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Technology / FBI says it may be able to unlock San Bernardino iPhone without Apple’s help

FBI says it may be able to unlock San Bernardino iPhone without Apple’s help

Today's iPhone privacy case court hearing has been postponed after the FBI claimed it has found a potential way to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's device on its own.

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“An outside party” has suggested a way in which investigators could access data stored on the smartphone without Apple’s help, according to the BBC.

“Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone,” said a court filing.

“If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for assistance from Apple.”

The technology firm has been fighting an order from the US Justice Department demanding that it unlocks the phone, saying it “would not shrink from is responsibility” over data privacy.

A court hearing scheduled for today has been postponed at the request of the Justice Department and the government will update the court on April 5th, it has been reported.

Technology experts have mostly backed Apple in its protection of users’ privacy.

In a recent survey, 63 per cent of professionals in the information security industry said they support the technology firm and do not believe it should unlock the iPhone.

51 per cent of those questioned believe the FBI is trying to set a new legal precedent that will force Apple and other technology companies to unlock more devices in the future.

Others have said both sides are fighting for what they believe the be right for the public.

“Apple, the FBI and the rest of us who deal with security are all trying to keep people safer,” said NTT Com Security’s director of threat and vulnerability analysis Chris Camejo.

“They just all disagree on which threats are more important and how best to address them. Apple and most of the rest of the tech community are constantly fending off attacks by hackers and are doing what they do best: figuring out how to use more technology, like encryption, to stop them.

“The FBI, on the other hand, sees this same technology that is intended to protect us from one threat as something that can prevent them from monitoring a very different type of threat: terrorists. We need to reconcile these conflicting priorities and stop working against each other.”


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