FBI withdraws from case against Apple

Jacqueline Tatulyan

After a long dispute, the FBI withdrew from the case they held against Apple for not providing access iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the terrorists from the San Bernardino shooting.

A third party was able to hack the phone but the dispute about privacy and Constitutional issues behind the case still pose as a question according to Congressman Darrell Issa in the USA Today article, “FBI hacks into terrorist’s iPhone without Apple,” which was published on March 29.

The unidentified party made the FBI aware earlier this month that they could hack into the phone without deleting its contents, which was a risk of the program on Farook’s phone.

Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were the shooters behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead. Apple denied to help access contents of the iPhone 5c because it posed a threat to leaving millions of iPhones with easy access.

Now that the FBI is in no need of help, Apple has made it clear that they want to know who the hacker was and how they were able to access the encrypted phone. This raised another question of whether the FBI should provide Apple with the hacking technique for development and technology vulnerability reasons.

Also, according to the March 29 Los Angeles Times article,  “Apple wants the FBI to reveal how it hacked the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone,” it is normal for the government to use hacking techniques without notifying the companies affected as a way of helping counterterrorism efforts as well as law enforcement.