Turkish police wants to unlock Ankara shooter's iPhone 4s, turns to Apple

Turkish police wants to unlock Ankara shooter's iPhone 4s, turns to Apple
December 19 was a grim day in which the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, became the victim of a terrorist attack. He was assasinated by a faux-bodyguard while giving a speech at an art gallery in Ankara. The attacker later died, shot down by Turkish special forces.
Following the attack, the Turkish police has been uncovering the killer’s links to various terrorist organizations. It recovered an iPhone 4s from the assassin, and the personal data on the smartphone could potentially be of great help in the investigation.

However, the device is locked with a 4 digit passcode, tasking Turkish police and Russian authorities with cracking the PIN code and accessing the content. Their attempts to unlock the device have been unsuccessful so far, which has prompted Russia to dispatch a special technical team to Turkey. Turkish officials have also contacted Apple, although it is highly unlikely that the company will provide means of unlocking the attacker' handset.

Last year, the FBI demanded Apple unlock an iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernandino shooter Syed Farook. The company refused, explaining that it won't break the system's encryption and potentially compromise the security of millions of users. The device's security was eventually breached with the help of an Israeli security firm.

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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16 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1575; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

If apple unlock the phone, the us government will go ballistic and if apple doesn't turkey will go ballistic with the us. feelsbadman

2. therealestmc

Posts: 678; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Turkey is insignificant to Apple.

11. drunkenjay

Posts: 1575; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

true.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hopefully Apple doesn't comply and then they assasinate Tim Cook. Best for all.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1249; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I wonder how many kills apple wants hinder solved before they will change their policy....

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1600; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Come on dude, you can sentence better than that. Also, I don't think much needs solving here - there was a guy with a gun, he shot the other guy on video before being killed himself. Case closed. They're not trying to find a lost kid here... Now if you think Apple should be allowing snooping into every element of someone's life because they've committed a crime then that's getting a bit too Big Brother and sets a bad precedent.

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

He killed a man, why should we treat that guy like normal citizen?

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because even criminals have rights. Even though I think a known criminal should have far less rights.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 1946; Member since: May 26, 2011

That didn't make sense at all They're not trying to solve the shooting. They're trying to determine if there is anyone else involved as well as establishing a timeline for planning etc. All investigation must be thorough and over the top to make sure no stone is left unturned Since the shooting/shooter are both determined facts, why shouldn't they get access to his device?

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"All investigation must be thorough and over the top to make sure no stone is leftunturned" Well said there... Besides, why would governments like Russia need Apple's help in cracking the passcode and unlock that iPhone 4s? Russian hackers are more than capable of doing that.

7. adecvat

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Meh, Russian hackers will kick apple a$$.

9. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 898; Member since: May 07, 2014

hahahahaha

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The FBI found nothing on Farook's phone, and they'll find nothing on this nutjob's phone. This is just another red flag moment where the government is trying to get us to think that a certain religious mentality is dangerous...or are they?!? The fact that these things are so conveniently leaked out to us should show that this is all about the invasion of our digital space and privacy. Fingerprint and iris scanners....hmmmm....

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Christians have killed more people in the name of their "god" then all other religions combine.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Live in the moment man. Christianity isn't splattered all over mainstream media in a negative way right now is it?!! There's only a handful of religions out there where peace actually matters and world domination isn't required.

21. ozabb

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

isnt it disconcerting how most terrorist are apple users?

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