FBI finally hacks iPhone

The ongoing fight between Apple and the FBI over breaking into the iPhone maker’s encryption system to access a person’s data is over – at least for now. This is according to a report in Mashable.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that investigators were able to use a new technique to hack into an iPhone that was used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook, reported Mashable.

The FBI is backing down from their case file against Apple because they’ve hacked the iPhone. This isn’t good news for consumers privacy.

Mashable added that the FBI’s sudden success in circumventing Apple’s security measures might raise new questions about whether Apple’s products are truly ironclad. It will also lead to heightened speculation over the “outside party” that assisted the government at the last minute — and criticism from some quarters over the FBI’s failure to hack into an iPhone on its own.

“Our decision to conclude the litigation was based solely on the fact that, with the recent assistance of a third party, we are now able to unlock that iPhone without compromising any information on the phone,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement. “We sought an order compelling Apple to help unlock the phone to fulfill a solemn commitment to the victims of the San Bernardino shooting — that we will not rest until we have fully pursued every investigative lead related to the vicious attack.”

The full report is available in Mashable


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