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U.S. May Not Need Apple’s Help to Open Terrorist’s iPhone

Mar 22, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The U.S. Department of Justice revealed today that it may not require help from Apple after all as it attempts to crack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

The New York Times reports that the disclosure led to the postponement of a court hearing on the issue, putting the government’s closely watched legal battle with Apple — which has become a focal point for the privacy issue — on hold.

“In a new court filing, the government said an outside party had demonstrated a way for the FBI to possibly unlock the phone used by the gunman,” The Times reports, noting that the hearing had been set for today.

“While the Justice Department must test this method, if it works ‘it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple,’ it said in its filing,” the story reports, noting that the Justice Department said it will file a status report by April 5 to update its progress.

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