FBI hacks into terrorist’s iPhone without Apple

by Kevin Johnson, Jon Swartz and Marco della Cava  |  published on March 29, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Although the government officially withdrew from its battle against Apple Monday, many observers sense the tech privacy war is just getting started.

“This lawsuit may be over, but the Constitutional and privacy questions it raised are not,” Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who had criticized the Justice Department’s suit against Apple, said in a statement Monday.

The Justice Department withdrew its legal action against Apple after a method brought to the FBI earlier this month by an unidentified entity allowed investigators to crack the security function without erasing contents of the iPhone used by Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December mass shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead.

The government maintained it was looking for access to one phone, but Apple countered that asking for a code that could access the iPhone 5c would create a backdoor to all such devices that was exploitable by other entities.

  • Vangie Martinez

    I wonder if the would still believe and do that if one of their own where murdered by an Islamic Muslim Terrorist.

  • carpkiller

    The real reason for the attack now becomes understandable.Comey lying again. The will be in every phone they get now if they need to or not.The whole attack was a staged event from the gitgo. Fuckers.

  • Phillip_in_TX

    Things that make you go hmm! All the drama and now it’s over just like that.

    It looks like the “only way” to not have your cell phone “hacked” is to NOT have one. I’ve always said that technology will be our downfall. Having access to information instantly is amazing; however, it seems the more access we have the dumber people have become. And, most people are SO DEPENDENT upon technology, they don’t know how to function without it.

    Learn the basics. When the EMP attack hits (it’s just a matter of time) all of us that are “old school” will be in fine shape. “New school” will be toast!

  • Nick

    The question now is did they find anything worthwhile on the phone? Hmm, when will we get that information?

    • Phil Esposito

      We’ll never know because they’ll lie and say they found something to give credence to them needing access to our phones.

  • Sara

    And we knew they could, but it was just a way to do mass surveillance easier. Apple did the right thing by saying no. Wow.

  • Bobwojo48

    Now apple has to figure out how this was done and patch the code,.

    • Sara

      Any phone can be hacked by even an amateur. This was political theatre. I knew a guy for 12 years, totally trusted him, dated him after 7 years and was engaged to him and he was self taught hacker. He jacked my iPhone and computers and could turn my camera and mic on, read all my emails, texts, see everything and he did this without even getting his hands on the phone/didn’t have my Apple ID/password. I got a new phone, another account and his contact list and some old apps still show up on my phone for over 2 years now. It’s creepy.

    • Phillip_in_TX

      If man made it, man can defeat it. It’s just a matter of determination.

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