The Apple vs. FBI court case has taken on a whole new twist with the FBI now claiming to have hit upon a way that might provide them with an access to the data stored in the iPhone 5c belonging to terrorist Syed Farook.
“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone. Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone,” government sources revealed.
Also, the latest inputs on this have it that Tuesday’s hearing has already been cancelled. Further, Magistrate Sheri Pym has also stayed an earlier order that had asked Apple to pay heed to the FBI’s demand for creating a means to unlock the iPhone 5C.
The premier investigative agency earlier requested the judge overseeing the high-profile court case to vacate Tuesday’s hearing. The agency further added that they won’t be pursuing the case any further if they are indeed able to make it past iOS encryption to unearth what is stored in the particular iPhone.
Apple has been steadfast in its stand stating that complying with the court’s order would be tantamount to creating a backdoor access bypassing all the security paraphernalia that makes the iPhone so well known for its commitment towards its user’s privacy.
The government has not identified who the outside party is though what has come to light is that a perceived flaw in iMessage is being exploited to break into that iPhone 5c. However, there are also others who claim the said flaw might turn out to be of little help after all as it is a small portion of the iOS which might eventually be decrypted.
The FBI is desperate to access the iPhone 5c that belonged to Syed Farook, who is prime accused in the San Bernardino mass shooting incident that led to the death of 14 in December.
Still, it will be really interesting to see how things pan out, whether the FBI do manage to have access to the iPhone that has kicked off one of the most bitterly fought security vs. privacy battles in US judicial history.