Data Recovered from San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone Helped Investigation but Provided No New Leads

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CNN reports that cracking open the iPhone 5c of one of the San Bernardino shooter did not provide the FBI with new leads, but it did help answer some of the remaining questions of the probe. 

The investigators have now managed to confirm that Syed Farook did not contact any other terrorist or his friends of family during an 18-minute gap in the FBI’s timeline of events. The data revealed from the phone confirms that Farook did not contact his friends, family, ISIS supporters or used any kind of encrypted communication during this 18-minute period.

Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family, the officials said.

The FBI has also gained access to more data on the phone that they did not have access to previously. Apple had previously argued that it has already provided a copy of the iCloud data backup to the FBI that was a few weeks old and that investigators were not going to recover more meaningful data from the phone. The recovered data is still being analysed, so its usefulness remains unclear for now.

After Apple denied helping the FBI to help unlock Farook’s iPhone 5c, the law enforcement agency took help of some ‘white hackers’ to crack open the phone.

While the San Bernardino battle between Apple and FBI seems over for now, the battle is going to continue as the FBI has asked a judge to order the Cupertino company to unlock an iPhone 5s in a Brooklyn drug case. Apple has — no surprises here — refused to do so, which has prompted the FBI to file an appeal.

[Via CNN]