The San Bernardino, California terrorists destroyed their personal cell phones but not Syed Farook’s work iPhone.
The couple took pains to physically destroy two personally owned cell phones, crushing them beyond the FBI’s ability to recover information from them. They also removed a hard drive from their computer; it has not been found despite investigators diving for days for potential electronic evidence in a nearby lake.
Farook was not carrying his work iPhone during the attack. It was discovered after a subsequent search. It was not known whether Farook forgot about the iPhone or did not care whether investigators found it.AP
A U.S. magistrate in a Los Angeles federal court ordered Apple on Tuesday to help the Justice department hack into an encrypted work iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California terrorist.
The terrorist’s work phone was running the newest version of Apple’s iPhone operating system, which requires a passcode and cannot be accessed by Apple. It is configured to erase data after 10 consecutive unsuccessful unlocking attempts.
The ruling by Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, a former federal prosecutor, requires Apple to supply highly specialized software the FBI can load onto the county-owned work iPhone to bypass a self-destruct feature, which erases the phone’s data after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it. The FBI wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.AP
Farook worked for the county public health department. The phone the FBI wants assess to was his work phone which was provided to Farook by San Bernardino County. The phone “may hold clues about whom the couple communicated with and where they may have traveled.”
Federal prosecutors told the judge in a court application Tuesday that they can’t access a work phone used by Syed Farook because they don’t know his passcode and Apple has not cooperated. Under U.S. law, a work phone is generally the property of a person’s employer. The judge told Apple to provide an estimate of its cost to comply with her order, suggesting that the government will be expected to pay for the work…
The order requires that the software Apple provides be programmed to work only on Farook’s phone, but it was not clear how readily that safeguard could be circumvented. The order said Apple has five days to notify the court if it believes the ruling is unreasonably burdensome. AP
Apple to fight the court order.
‘I feel like now there are a whole bunch of terrorists running out and buying iPhones, like the little ‘i’ in iPhone should be for ISIS,’ Mandy Pifer, who lost fiancé Shannon Johnson in the tragic shooting, told the New York Daily News.
Johnson was heralded as a hero for shielding the body of Denise Peraza and telling her ‘I got you,’ when Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire at a San Bernardino County health department gathering on December 2. DailyMail
“Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.” Cook’s statement
In a statement posted on Apple’s website early Wednesday, CEO Tim Cook said the order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym “has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”
“We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good,” Cook’s statement read in part. “Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”…
The federal agent said the phone’s carrier, Verizon, wouldn’t be able to provide authorities with the necessary information.
“The information we need is on that phone and cannot be accessed by Verizon,” the agent said. FoxNews