29 March, 2016, USA: There is another twist in the tail of San Bernardino’s shootout case, US Justice Department (DOJ) has successfully cracked and accessed the data stored on the iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters. The department made the news official on Monday that it has managed to sneak into the phone without seeking any help from Apple and hence, ending its court battle with the tech company.
The government asked a federal judge to vacate a disputed order forcing Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone, saying it was no longer necessary. The court filing in US District Court for the Central District of California provided no details about how the FBI did it or who showed it how.
Commenting on the development, Melaine Newman, Spokeswoman, DOJ said, “As the government noted in its filing today, the FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone and therefore no longer the assistance from Apple is required by this Court Order. The FBI is currently reviewing the information on the phone, consistent with standard investigatory procedures.”
Elaborating on the subject, law enforcement officials commented, “DOJ no longer requires the assistance of Apple in unlocking the iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook given that the third party method demonstrated to FBI earlier this month proved successful.”