The FBI Has A ‘Possible Method’ to Unlock iPhone, Receive Postponement of Tomorrow's Court Hearing (AAPL)
Feds gain postponement of iPhone hearing The Justice Department may not need Apple's help any longer.
Citing new leads about how to access an iPhone used by one of the
perpetrators of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Justice
Department on Monday asked to postpone a court hearing set for Tuesday
on whether Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into that
device. Their request was granted.
For months, government lawyers have insisted they needed Apple to
write special software so that the FBI could bypass the security
features on the iPhone being used by the San Bernardino shooter, Syed
Farook, and obtain information critical to their ongoing terrorism
But the Justice Department unexpectedly told the court just hours
before a scheduled hearing that it may not need to force Apple’s
assistance after all under a little-known law, the All Writs Act, a move
that Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley had said would threaten the
privacy and security rights of all smartphone owners.
"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....MORE