In its filing, the justice department said it might have a different way to break into device – something cryptographers, leading data security experts and even Edward Snowden have said was possible without placing the cybersecurity of all iPhone users at risk through creating what Apple derisively calls “GovtOS”.
Nevertheless, the government has stated repeatedly, under oath, that Apple alone had the technical ability to get inside the device. The government wanted Apple to use an official Apple software update to turn off some security features, including one that can cause the phone to wipe its storage if someone enters the wrong passcode 10 times.
The justice department request comes after more than a month of heated insistence that the only way the FBI could examine a locked iPhone used by the gunam (sic) was for Apple to write new software that would be missing some of its operating system’s security features.
But attorney Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a brief supporting Apple, lambasted the government’s reversal.
“This suggests that the FBI either doesn’t understand the technology well enough or wasn’t telling us the full truth earlier when it said that only Apple could break into the phone. Either possibility is disconcerting.”I'm sure glad they didn't have to send in the big guns. That could have been embarrassing when all the smart Apple employees developed the same kind of steel trap memory that Hillary has always displayed when forced to testify. We are spared the FBI dragging engineers into court and demanding that they "remember" stuff and apply it to 'defending' the nation. I'm sure they were looking forward to dredging up some outstanding Hillaryisms, "I have no recollection of that. You mean wipe it with a clothe?" Fun times in the never ending war on
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