Apparently, the reason why the FBI has been unable to gain access to the iPhone of terrorist Syed Farook, according to Apple, is because sometime AFTER the FBI took possession of the cell phone, someone CHANGED the password on Farook’s iCloud account.
Apple contends that had the password not been changed, the information contained on the phone may have been able to be recovered by simply taking the phone to a Wi-Fi location that the phone recognized. The iPhone would have backed itself up to the cloud at that time.
According to ABC News,
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…”
The auto reset was executed by a county information technology employee, according to a federal official. Federal investigators only found out about the reset after it had occurred and that the county employee acted on his own, not on the orders of federal authorities, the source said.
Missing the opportunity for a backup was crucial because some of the information stored on the phone would have been backed up to the iCloud and could have potentially been retrieved. According to court records, the iPhone had not been backed up since Oct. 19, 2015, one-and-a-half months before the attack and that this “indicates to the FBI that Farook may have disabled the automatic iCloud backup function to hide evidence.”
The development comes as the Justice Department is pushing forward with its legal fight against Apple, urging a federal judge to compel the tech giant to help the FBI crack open an iPhone left behind by Farook.
The U.S. government is now pressuring Apple to help them in unlocking the device, but CEO Tim Cook has taken a stand and is refusing to provide access to the terrorists’ phone.
Do you think Apple should help the government access Farook’s iPhone?