FBI ‘may be able to unlock iPhone’

March 21, 2016 11:31 pm Published by

FBI ‘may be able to unlock San Bernardino iPhone’

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The FBI says it may have found a way to unlock the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone without Apple’s assistance.

The US Justice Department (DOJ) has filed a request to postpone a hearing with Apple scheduled for Tuesday, citing new leads in the case.

Prosecutors said “an outside party” had demonstrated a possible way of unlocking the iPhone.

The DOJ had ordered Apple to help unlock the phone used by San Bernardino gunman Rizwan Farook.

But Apple has continued to fight the order, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent”.

Rizwan Farook and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last December before police fatally shot them.

US Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in a statement that the government was “cautiously optimistic” that the possible method to unlock the phone would work.

In a court filing, prosecutors said testing was needed “to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise date on Farook’s iPhone.

“If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple,” they said.

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