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Apple ordered to help FBI hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

February 17, 2016 - Uncategorized

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.

The ruling by Judge Sheri Pym on Tuesday requires Apple to supply highly specialized software the FBI can load onto the phone to cripple a security encryption feature that erases data after too many unsuccessful unlocking attempts.

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Federal prosecutors told the judge they can’t access a county-owned work phone used by Syed Farook because they don’t know his passcode. By default, Apple has encrypted its iPhones to allow them only to be accessed using a passcode. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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