On Monday, the FBI essentially told Apple “oh never mind, we figured out a way into that iPhone ourselves.”
So the government is dropping its federal court case against the tech giant.
With the help of a third party, the federal agency said it was able to successfully crack into encrypted information stored on the smartphone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif., attack last December. For weeks, the government pressed for Apple’s help, arguing that the only way into the phone was for Apple to build a special kind of software for the feds, what Apple started calling a “GovtOS.” Apple decried the request, arguing it would hurt the security of all its phones.
While it’s not immediately clear whether or not the technique FBI used on Farook’s iPhone 5c could be used to sneak into other models, the FBI’s successful hack raises new questions about the effectiveness of Apple’s device encryption.
Here’s what Apple said Monday after the FBI dropped its case:
Now read what others are saying about the case, including infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the FBI.