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Technology FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected naval station shooter

18:35  07 january  2020
18:35  07 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected Navy base shooter, report says

  FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected Navy base shooter, report says The iPhone maker has battled previously with the FBI over unlocking devices.CEO Tim Cook has championed strong encryption and Apple's efforts to protect customer data.

The FBI has reportedly asked Apple to help unlock two iPhones that may have belonged to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the suspected gunman in a Both iPhones are reportedly passcode protected. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told NBC News it works

In a letter sent late Monday to Apple 's general counsel Katherine Adams, the FBI has asked Apple to help unlock two iPhones that investigators believe were owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who carried out a mass shooting at a Naval Air Station in Florida last month, according to NBC News.

The FBI is once again asking Apple to help it access iPhones for the sake of an investigation. The bureau has sent a letter to Apple's general counsel requesting the company's help in unlocking the two iPhones of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man believed responsible for killing three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola. FBI officials have requested help from other agencies and countries as well as "familiar contacts in the third-party vendor community," but are hoping Apple will make their lives easier. One of those contacts might be CelleBrite, which reportedly helped the FBI crack San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c.

FBI Says It Still Can’t Access Data on Florida Shooter’s iPhone

  FBI Says It Still Can’t Access Data on Florida Shooter’s iPhone The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can’t access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday. © Photographer: Josh Brasted/Getty Images A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. The disclosure came at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in response to questions from Republican Matt Gaetz of Florida.

The FBI is asking Apple Inc. to help unlock two iPhones that investigators think were owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man believed to have carried out the shooting attack that killed three people last month at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. In a letter sent late Monday to

The FBI is asking Apple Inc. to help unlock two iPhones that investigators think were owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man believed to have carried out the shooting attack that killed three people last month at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. In a letter sent late Monday to

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An official talking to NBC News said that Alsharmani appeared to have shot one of the iPhones, making access that much more difficult. It's not clear jut how functional the device was afterward.

In a statement, Apple said the FBI requested information a month earlier. It had given investigators "all of the data in our possession" and would continue to offer help "with the data we have available." Apple has the "greatest respect for law enforcement," the company said.

Just what happens next is unclear. The FBI sued Apple to try and force its cooperation in the San Bernardino case, prompting a backlash from politicians who accused the bureau of using the lawsuit as an excuse to set a legal precedent when it could have explored other data recovery options first. It won't necessarily try that again, although it would have the backing of a Justice Department that believes it has a right to thwart encryption. Officials are worried that terrorists and other criminals can use encryption to maintain perfect secrecy, and are (inaccurately) convinced that tech companies can create backdoors for law enforcement while somehow preventing hackers from getting through.

FBI pushes Apple for help unlocking Navy base shooter's iPhone

  FBI pushes Apple for help unlocking Navy base shooter's iPhone A similar situation struggling to unlock an iPhone arose after the San Bernardino mass shooting. The letter was written by FBI General Counsel Dana Boente and outlined the circumstances of the investigation, including that the FBI can't crack the phone pass codes belonging to the shooter, according to NBC News, which was first to report the news.

The FBI has asked Apple for assistance unlocking two iPhones that belonged to the Saudi gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at Naval Air Station A letter from FBI General Counsel Dana Boente to Apple on Monday said that the agency has been unable to access the phones owned by Mohammed

The FBI is asking Apple Inc. to help unlock two iPhones that investigators think were owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man believed to have carried out the shooting attack that killed three people last month at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. © Josh Brasted Image: Shooting On

Whether or not it's feasible for Apple to unlock the iPhones isn't clear. It may be too difficult to get into the phones through brute force guesses, and any solution it discovers might amount to a security vulnerability that could be exploited by anyone unless Apple patches it. More importantly, the company has argued that compelling it to unlock the phones would set a dangerous precedent where any US government agency would have the power to access a device on request. And as we've seen recently, with device searches at the border, those requests don't always have a firm legal grounding.

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FBI asks Apple to help unlock a mass shooter’s iPhone .
The FBI recently asked Apple for help unlocking a pair of iPhones that belonged to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man accused of killing three people during a mass shooting at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida last month. The FBI was granted permission to search the contents of the seized iPhones, but they've been unable to get past the lock screen. Consequently, the FBI sent a letter to Apple's general counsel asking for the company to provide some assistance. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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