Nothing of ‘Real Significance’ Found on San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone Yet

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A report from CBS News citing a law enforcement source says that FBI has not found anything of “real significance” on the iPhone 5c of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooter. The source, however, “stressed’ that the FBI is still analysing the data it has retrieved from the phone, so there is still a possibility for the law enforcement agency to eventually find some valuable data on the phone.

The FBI had asked the help of the court to get Apple to unlock Farook’s iPhone 5c, which was refused by Apple. Just a day before both parties were scheduled to meet in front of the DOJ on this matter, the FBI requested that the hearing be rescheduled as it has found another way to crack open the said iPhone 5c.

Initially, it was believed that the FBI had taken help of an Israeli company called Cellebrite, but a report from yesterday claimed that the law enforcement agency had instead taken help from “professional hackers” to get the job done. With the phone cracked open, the FBI eventually dropped the case against Apple in the court.

The FBI has not yet reported the method to Apple via which the hackers managed to open the shooter’s locked iPhone 5c. There are also contradictory reports on whether the same method will work on other iPhones or not. Apple has also decided that it will not be suing the FBI to find out the method through which Farook’s iPhone 5c was unlocked.

[Via CBS News]