New reports claim that the “one off” unlocking of an iPhone required by the FBI might actually extend to 12 iPhones.
Apple and the FBI have been embroiled in a legal dispute over unlocking an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino terror attack. New reports however suggest that the Justice Department wants Apple to unlock at least 12 iPhones that are not connected to the attack. Read: Tim Cook blasts FBI request for iPhone access
Until now it was believed the DoJ only wanted Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation to unlock one iPhone that was connected to last December’s San Bernardino shootings ““ which alone is cause for concern. According to the Wall Street Journal, these cases “don’t involve terrorism charges“, with one regarding an iPhone involved in a drug investigation.
Investigators want Apple to create a new piece of software that would enable them to crack the iPhone’s password without them being locked out. Tim Cook has refused to create said software stating – “Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”
Bill Gates has also recently weighed in with his opinion, siding with the FBI. Gates said that Apple should grant FBI access to the phone, stating this was “a particular case”. Obviously he might change his mind given the latest claims.
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