This has to be embarrassing for the FBI. After all the brouhaha about breaking into the cell phone of a terrorist, an unnamed third party has demonstrated that breaking into an iPhone isn’t all that difficult.
Now the FBI has asked the federal judge overseeing the litigation to vacate Tuesday’s hearing on whether Apple should assist the authorities in bypassing the four-digit passcode on the iPhone used by San Bernardino 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,” the government said.
US Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym has not yet ruled on the government’s motion.
“We are waiting for the court to rule on the motion,” said Thom Mrozek, a Justice Department spokesman in Los Angeles.
Details may be found at http://goo.gl/wWpqzT.