To give some background information, San Bernardino killer Syed Farook’s iPhone (which the FBI wants to access) is password-protected, and Apple claims that creating a backdoor to the iPhone could be disastrous in the wrong hands. Others think this is all one big PR stunt for the company.
Regardless of Apple’s intentions, the FBI wouldn’t need their help if it wasn’t for the government’s own incompetency. Just get a load of what The Gateway Pundit reported:
Apple responded on Friday evening saying the FBI changed the password to Farook’s phone and then forgot it.ABC has more:
The password for the San Bernardino shooter’s iCloud account associated with his iPhone was reset hours after authorities took possession of the device.
The Justice Department acknowledged in its court filing that the password of Syed Farook’s iCloud account had been reset. The filing states, “the owner [San Bernardino County Department of Public Health], in an attempt to gain access to some information in the hours after the attack, was able to reset the password remotely, but that had the effect of eliminating the possibility of an auto-backup.”
Apple could have recovered information from the iPhone had the iCloud password not been reset, the company said. If the phone was taken to a location where it recognized the Wi-Fi network, such as the San Bernardino shooters’ home, it could have been backed up to the cloud, Apple suggested.
San Bernardino's shooter's Apple iCloud password changed while his iPhone was in possession of authorities: https://t.co/xEITv1McLq— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2016
Op-ed columnist: Can Apple Please Answer This One Question About iPhone Security For Me Before I Die?https://t.co/GPmfa2K7y9— Independent Journal (@INJO) February 20, 2016
The FBI is saying every citizen is a potential terrorist, and all phones should be easily accessed…just in case. https://t.co/IvIaOXmhGp— The Federalist (@FDRLST) February 20, 2016
DOJ Willing To Compromise With Apple On Helping Hack Terrorist’s iPhone https://t.co/CQ2SbeJ8RV— Fox Nation (@foxnation) February 20, 2016
Raise your voice against FBI demands to undermine the security of your devices: https://t.co/1YHibOnZ7H— EFF (@EFF) February 20, 2016
No, Apple has not unlocked 70 iPhones for law enforcement https://t.co/3GcFEF4htH— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) February 20, 2016