FBI: Farook's phone turns up important data to help the investigation

FBI: Farook's phone turns up important data to help the investigation
According to those familiar with the investigation, the Apple iPhone 5c given to Sayed Farook by the San Bernardino County Public Health Department to help him at work, has actually helped the FBI tie up some loose ends. The phone revealed that Farook was not in touch with ISIS supporters, nor was there any encrypted communications transmitted during a certain time period that had the FBI concerned.

Information found on the phone, which was unlocked without Apple's help by hackers at the request of the FBI, allowed the government to lessen their concern about 18 unaccounted minutes for Farook and his wife covering the date that they killed 14 inside a San Bernardino office building. Law enforcement officials thought that Farook could have used the missing time to meet up with co-conspirators, but that possibility has been eliminated thanks to information taken from the phone.

Despite an earlier report that claimed opening the iPhone 5c yielded no useful information, FBI investigators have now confirmed that there was data on the phone that they did not previously have. The government continues to analyze this content, looking for new evidence and leads. Apple had previously claimed that there was little reason for the FBI to unlock the phone since the agency had already obtained data from the iCloud account linked to the iPhone 5c, and from other sources that were not connected to the handset. But today, the FBI stated that it did need to break into the phone even if it was just to rule out several questions and theories that it had about the attack.

source: CNN

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16 Comments

1. tacarat

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The porn stash was vital in boosting flagging morale.

2. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

So basically, they didn't find anything they didn't already know. And their suspicions were proved wrong. That's certainly a lot of important data.

3. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Peace of mind? Alot can happen in a minute let alone 18 lol

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, good thing they trampled every right to privacy and wasted millions of dollars in court to get 18 minutes of confirmation of nothing happening.

13. Subie

Posts: 2256; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Farook was dead and the phone belonged to the San Bernardino County Public Health Department. Who's privacy rights were "trampled" in this case?

15. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Trampled every right to privacy and wasted millions of dollars? They had a valid court order and was there any doubt in your mind that Farook didn't commit those crimes? Whether they found or didn't find any leads, it's actually irrelevant. What is more important is that they were able to confirm all possible theories to make sure their investigation is thorough This is before we get into the detail that it wasn't a personal iphone and issue by an employer who gave FBI permission to break into it Next thing you know we're going to have people crying about search warrants and how it violates personal privacy

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Establishing a complete timeline? Which is as easily important in an investigation as M.O. and evidence itself? Egads man! I hope you have nothing to do with any sort of investigative, reporting, or research fields... Hell, a timeline is fundamental for any kind of problem solving and planning. Even when it proves a theory wrong it's important because it means they can stop wasting resources on a dead end and focus on another avenue.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Government saving face at its best!!!

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

just like apple we have a safe phone yet in less then what was it 18 mins phone was tagged and unlocked and hacked by a company that does it every day

6. AlikMalix unregistered

They probably spent years trying to figure out how to brake into ios device... Dont be naive - they didnt just picked up an iphone and just cracked it out of the blue... They know of a vulnerability that probably took thousands of hours to figure out by multiple sources - and only then offered to crack it... Either way, if it takes so much resources to crack my iPhone - I'm pretty safe... carry on...

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You missed the article here on PA regarding the 60 Minutes segment on smartphone security (ANY smartphone) too, didn't you???

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Surely he missed it. Otherwise, I bet, his comment might be different...

14. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

LMAO! Apology not accepted. You retards actually believe what you post?

7. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

They found his Flappy Bird score to be 999. Thats very important data.

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

http://www.idropnews.com/san-bernardino-shooters-hacked-iphone-5c-appears-to-be-useless-to-fbi/ WTF? So everybody has a different opinions n whether the data was useful?

16. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

They're almost certainly lying or exaggerating what they found as they want to use this as justification to access any phone they want.

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