(ORDO NEWS) — After months of unsuccessful attempts, specialists from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation were able to crack at least one of the two iPhones owned by Mohammed Saeed Al-Shamrani. Last December, while undergoing an internship at the Pensacola Naval Base in Florida, he fired, killing three and injuring seven soldiers.
According to The Verge, the FBI managed to unlock the terrorist’s iPhone without the help of Apple.
The company provided investigators with the ability to work with data that Al-Shamrani stored in the iCloud cloud service, but refused to help access the device’s memory. Apple representatives said they would not create a backdoor in iOS, despite the fact that they were shocked by what had happened.
On Monday, US Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Ray held a press conference during which they regretted Apple’s stance. Officials said hacking devices took a very long time and led to excessive spending of taxpayer money. “Apple’s desire to ensure privacy for its customers is understandable, but not at all costs,” says Barr.
“There is no reason companies like Apple cannot develop their products and applications by providing court-authorized access while maintaining very high data security standards.”
This is not the first time that Apple has refused to help the FBI in hacking the iPhone. In 2016, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the company should assist the Federal Bureau in gaining access to the iPhone 5c memory, which belonged to Sayed Farouk, who staged a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. But Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to create an alternative version of iOS, explaining this as a threat to “bona fide and law-abiding citizens who rely on companies like Apple to protect their data.”
Earlier, we wrote that Apple filed a lawsuit for excessive radiation from smartphones, and the FBI declassified a report on an investigation into the existence of Bigfoot.
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