DOJ Delays Apple Court Date as FBI Tries Workaround
The DOJ is delaying its courtroom date with Apple. Apparently, a third party has found a way around the iPhone passcode issue.Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice were supposed to have a high-stakes courtroom date today, which is being delayed as the government is now trying to get what it needs from a terrorist's iPhone without the tech giant's court-mandated help. Apple is publicly opposing a court order to help unlock an encrypted county-owned iPhone 5C that was used by Syed Farook, one of the terrorists involved in a Dec. 2, 2015, mass shooting that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in San Bernardino, Calif. The Department of Justice was granted a courtroom delay until at least April 5, by which time the government will need to file a status report with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, where the case is being heard. In its legal filing, the DOJ emphasized that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been attempting to gain access to the information on the terrorist iPhone since the device was first recovered on December 3, 2015. "On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook's iPhone," the DOJ's legal filing states. "Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook's iPhone."
Neither the FBI nor the DOJ identified the source of the new third-party method that could help bypass iPhone security.