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Apple: Feds “utterly failed” to prove it has to hack into Brooklyn iPhone

by Todd Haselton | April 18, 2016April 18, 2016 11:00 am PST

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Apple is fighting a multi-front war against the U.S. government. In another courtroom, this time in Brooklyn, Apple is continuing to fight against the Justice Department, which is requesting that it unlock a drug dealer’s iPhone.

Apple, as it did during the San Bernardino case, has argued that it doesn’t have the ability to break into an iPhone. And, as of Friday, said that the FBI “utterly failed” to even prove that Apple is the “only party that can crack” into the device, The Washington Post said. That’s probably true, especially since the FBI recently hired third-party hackers to break into an older iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The trick used to break into the San Bernardino’s iPhone apparently doesn’t work on newer devices, but, according to The Washington Post, the FBI hasn’t tried the method on this device.

The problem appears to be a ghost from the past. Apple originally told the Justice Department that it should be able to assist in this case but seems to have backtracked on that promise. Also, keep in mind that this sort of request isn’t abnormal. Apple used to regularly help authorities crack into devices, but the company no longer wants to provide that sort of assistance to the government.

“As we have made clear in our previous filings, Apple expressly agreed to assist the government in accessing the data on this iPhone — as it has at least 70 times before in similar circumstances,” Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce told The Washington Post.

Apple doesn’t believe there’s anything worthwhile on the phone, either, especially since the drug dealers in the case already admitted to the crimes brought against them. That’s why it’s still unclear why the feds even want access at this point – and why they’re only asking Apple to break into the device.

TechnoBuffalo reached out to Apple for comment, but a spokesperson was not immediately available.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...