For the first time since the court ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone 5c of one of the shooters of the San Bernardino’s case, Apple executives have revealed key details about the case to some reporters.
The executives say that within 24 hours of the government taking possession of the phone, the password of the Apple ID linked to the shooter’s iPhone 5c was changed, which has now made it impossible to retrieve the information that the government wants.
Further, the executives revealed that Apple has been in talks with the government since early January regarding this case, and it offered them four different ways to recover data from the handset. One such method was to connect the phone to a known Wi-Fi network and then trigger an iCloud backup on the device, which then might provide the FBI with the desired information. The company had even sent its trusted engineers to FBI’s office for this, but they failed to recover any data using this method.
It was later discovered that the password of the iCloud account associated with the iPhone 5c was changed. The FBI claims that this was done by someone at the San Bernardino Health Department.
Theoretically, if the password was not changed, Apple could have helped the FBI in retrieving important data from the shooter’s iPhone 5c. However, with that option gone, the FBI now wants Apple to create a special version of iOS that can disable all security measures on an iPhone and provide them with complete control over the device.
When asked by reporters as to why the company is fighting so hard against the FBI request and if it was a marketing ploy from Apple as mentioned by the Justice Department in their motion, Apple executives said that they are doing this based on the love for their country and they don’t want to see its civil rights being thrown away.