New report says that three companies told the FBI that they could hack Farook's Apple iPhone 5c

New report says that three companies told the FBI that they could hack Farook's Apple iPhone 5c
Remember last year when the FBI went to court demanding that Apple unlock the Apple iPhone 5c that belonged to the so-called San Bernardino terrorist, Syed Farook? Even though Farook had been cut down by police bullets on the streets of Sam Bernardino, the DOJ felt that his handset would contain the name of accomplices. Apple refused to develop the special version of iOS that would have been required to meet the FBI's demand. The tech titan feared that if such software were to get into the wrong hands, the privacy of every iPhone users would be at risk.

Because Farook's iPhone employed a Passcode, it took ultimately took a mysterious hacker group to unlock Farook's phone. Apple immediately demanded that the FBI reveal how it was able to unlock the phone without its help. And while months have gone by without Apple announcing whether it had received an answer from the G-Men, the media filed its own suit demanding answers.

Now, the government has finally released a 100 page report on the whole investigation. While names and certain information was redacted, the report states that three companies approached the FBI, asking for the job of unlocking Farook's iPhone 5c. The names of these firms were not revealed in the report, but the published material shows that the FBI did hire one of them for an undisclosed amount of money. The FBI had the company sign a non-disclosure agreement. While not a sure thing, it would certainly seem as though it was this unnamed company that was able to unlock Farook's iPhone 5c.

As it turned out, the whole affair was a waste of time and money. Farook's iPhone 5c was opened and the FBI went over it with a fine tooth comb, but found no useful information inside.

source: CNET

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15 Comments

1. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think that since the FBI is funded by taxpayers, the citizens of the USA have a right to know, and likely will know under Freedom of Information Act, likely once the companies involved no longer exist.

2. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Yeah but it will be like 25-30 years before the information is declassified.

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

If it was about an Android phone then the sentence will be: "New report says that ALL companies told.......,

9. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Remember back on New Years when you wished everyone a Happy New Year, even those who don't like your posts? Well this is exactly why a lot of people don't like your posts. Nothing more than trollish 12 year old BS is all you contribute 99.9% of the time.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You should quit this site and visit AppleInsider. Believe me you would get very happy seeing everyone worshipping Apple there.

15. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

You all should worship Apple because of their stance on this. They really earned my respect and tech money. So ballsy and so right. I've never seen a company do anything like this. So awesome.

4. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

No company hacked the iPhone, the whole issue was a canard created by the FBI to try and 'spook' Apple.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Links or you are relying.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lying*

14. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Links that show that iPhone being unlocked or you are lying.

5. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I think it was Celebrite that unlocked it

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Did they unlock it, or: take the device sport, cloned the rom (omitting delete data after 10 tries option) and then ran software to guess the password?

11. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How and what steps they followed is not the point. The point is that Farook's phone was unlocked at the end.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's three that came forward. There are probably more.

7. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I think it was Celebrite that unlocked it

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