FBI Looking Into ‘Legal and Technical Options’ for Entering Another Terrorist’s iPhone

A new case might lead the FBI and Apple into another fight over security and privacy on smartphones, following a confirmation yesterday that the FBI has the iPhone of Dahir Adan in its possession. Adan was the culprit behind the stabbing of 10 people in a Minnesota mall in mid-September, and was eventually shot and killed by police. After the event, terrorist organization ISIS claimed credit for the attack on social media, but “no evidence has emerged to suggest ISIS had a hand in planning or executing the attack.”

The FBI has Adan’s iPhone and it is locked with a passcode. According to an FBI special agent, the organization is “still trying to figure out how to gain access to the phone’s contents.” The issue currently is that the model and version of iOS running on the iPhone is known only to the FBI. Following the launch of iOS 8 in 2014, any iOS device running the software is encrypted to an extent that no malicious outsider — or even Apple itself — can get into the iPhone or iPad.

You can read more in an article by Andy Greenberg in Wired at https://goo.gl/DOjHG1.

It is interesting that the FBI (so far) has not publicly pressured Apple to change the design of the iPhone in this case to allow government access to its contents, as the FBI did some months ago on another case.

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