FBI Drops Case Against Apple After Unknown Company Hacks iPhone

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Written by Caroline Potts, Special to the Woodgrove Outlander

The FBI dropped their case against Apple last Monday after announcing the successful hacking of one of the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone without Apple’s help.

The case was originally filed after a warrant, under the All Writs Act, was given to the FBI to force Apple to create software that would override the security setting that erases all information on an iPhone after ten incorrect guesses of the password.

From the beginning, Apple strongly objected to the warrant, claiming that they were worried about their technology getting into the wrong hands and undermining the freedom and liberty the government is supposed to protect. 49% of American Citizens, as reported by Upfront Magazine, agree that Apples concerns are quite valid and have to be taken into account in situations like these.

“Apple definitely has valid concerns. If the technology used to break into a phone gets into the wrong hands, no one’s phone or private information is safe,” Said Travis Potts, a government contractor and Apple iPhone owner.

The FBI, however, maintained their argument that they were only trying to break into one iPhone without erasing what could possibly be lifesaving information.

“We simply want a chance with a search warrant to try and guess the terrorist’s passcode without the phone essentially self-destructing and without it taking a decade to guess correctly,” a representative from the FBI stated in a recent press conference.

The iPhone in question in the case was that of Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the December rampage in San Bernardino, California, in which 22 people were injured and fourteen others lost their lives.

After weeks of court filings, the Department of Justice surprisingly asked for a delay in the court hearing the next day after gaining knowledge of a possible third party with technology that could hack into the iPhone.

In a multiple page filing in a California magistrate’s court on Monday, the government stated that they now had access to the information on the phone, and because of this, no longer needed Apple’s help, officially dropping the case against them.

Apple has yet to discover how a backdoor was created and have been losing a lot of business and trust due to the outcome of the court case.

Armed with this new technology, information has recently come to light that the FBI has now started offering it to local police departments across the country. Although some believe this to be an abuse of power on the FBI’s part, the FBI continues to offer the technology stating that they will do whatever it takes to help their partners around the nation gain information vital to their cases.