Justice Department Postpones Hearing With Apple After Discovering 'Possible Method' to Unlock iPhone

Justice Department Postpones Hearing With Apple After Discovering 'Possible Method' to Unlock iPhone

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The Justice Department has requested and been granted a postponement of its hearing with Apple after discovering a method that could be used to unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The FBI previously claimed that they had no way to unlock the phone despite security experts including Edward Snowden describing multiple methods that could be used to gain access to the device.

Now just before it was set to face Apple in court, it appears to have found a way, reports Politico.

"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.

Earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook told customers that the company would fight to protect their right to privacy and security. Many major technology companies filed briefs in support of Apple including Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

It's unclear who demonstrated this unlocking method to the FBI. Perhaps it was the NSA. In a video appearance at the Common Cause Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference, Snowden said, "The FBI says Apple has the 'exclusive technical means' to unlock the phone. Respectfully, that's bullshit." He also just tweeted, "Every credible expert knew there were alternative means. That #FBI went so far on so little demonstrated a disregard of facts: bad faith."

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Justice Department Postpones Hearing With Apple After Discovering 'Possible Method' to Unlock iPhone
Tim vs FBI - March 22, 2016 at 8:07pm
What happens at Brussels yesterday Tim Cook must second though about unlock the iPhone that FBI asked for if happen in USA then we will blame Apple to pay for it take my words
keeping it for reals - March 22, 2016 at 6:36pm
What a crock of shit. The FBI knows it is about to lose this battle and so they are making an excuse to backpedal. There were alternatives all along. Many companies and individuals have publicly offered to attempt to crack it already. There is a not so secret hardware box that virtually every security expert in the word who specializes in this type of tech knows about that is specifically designed to do exactly what the FBI has been asking Apple to do. Why didn't they just use that you say? Because they aren't after what's inside the phone. They are after a precedent. If Apple wins this (and they would), that is also a precedent and that's the last thing the FBI pigs want. So they will back peddle, wait for the waves to settle and people to forget and when an opportunity presents itself to attack a more vulnerable company on the same issue, that's exactly what they'll do. Absolute pigs!
curtixman - March 22, 2016 at 4:43am
What a crock of shit. The FBI knows it is about to lose this battle and so they are making an excuse to backpedal. There were alternatives all along. Many companies and individuals have publicly offered to attempt to crack it already. There is a not so secret hardware box that virtually every security expert in the word who specializes in this type of tech knows about that is specifically designed to do exactly what the FBI has been asking Apple to do. Why didn't they just use that you say? Because they aren't after what's inside the phone. They are after a precedent. If Apple wins this (and they would), that is also a precedent and that's the last thing the FBI pigs want. So they will back peddle, wait for the waves to settle and people to forget and when an opportunity presents itself to attack a more vulnerable company on the same issue, that's exactly what they'll do. Absolute pigs!
Curtis - March 22, 2016 at 4:37am
What a crock of shit. The FBI knows it is about to lose this battle and so they are making an excuse to backpedal. There were alternatives all along. Many companies and individuals have public ally offered to attempt to crack it already. There is a Norbert secret hardware box that virtually every security expert in the word who specializes in this type of tech knows about that is specifically designed to do exactly what the FBI has been asking Apple to do. Why didn't they just use that you say? Because they aren't after what's inside the phone.they are after a precedent. If Apple wins this, and they would have, that is also a precedent and that's throats thing the FBI pigs want so they will back peddle, wait for the waves to settle and people to forget and when an opportunity presents itself to attack a more vulnerable company on the same matter, that's exactly what they'll do. Absolute pigs!
Ed - March 22, 2016 at 3:07am
Jajaif it was that easy to get an outside source to crack open phone they would have done that a long time ago. Apple and fbi wouldnt be in lidigation right now.
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