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Apple served a warrant for Texas shooter’s iPhone

Apple served a warrant for Texas shooter’s iPhone

Two weeks back, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones were discovered at the scene: older push-button LG and a “blood spattered” Apple iPhone SE. Now local law enforcement has served Apple with a search warrant in order to retrieve information from the smartphone.

This has links of Apple and the FBI over a mass shooting in San Bernadino, California, in late 2015. The Tuesday following the murders, the FBI held a press conference noting the existence of one of two phones, without revealing the make, as they never wanted bad people to know the phone to use.

According to The Washington Post, the mystery handset was an iPhone. Apple reached out to law enforcement after the press conference, offering technical assistance in getting onto the device which they could have provided earlier.

It should be known that TouchID unlike FaceID, can be used to unlock a phone even after the owner of a fingerprint has died. In spite of issuing a warrant dated November 9 an Apple spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that law enforcement has yet to contact the company for technical assistance in helping unlock the device.

Because Apple will always want to help, the offer is still on the table, if law enforcement is willing to accept. After that event, Tim Cook issued an open letter, stating,

The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.

Posted by on November 19, 2017.

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