A gunman two weeks ago killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Authorities that arrived on the scene shortly discovered two phones. The local law enforcement decided to serve the company with a search warrant and the aim was to help retrieve information from the smartphone.
There was a massive shooting recently in San Bernadino and Apple is said to have been quite proactive. Apple on Tuesday addressed a press conference where it talked about the existence of the two phones. However, it didn’t disclose the make of the devices. It was obvious it did not want to recommend the kind of phones the bad guys out there needed to purchase.
A trusted source indicated the mysterious handset was an iPhone. The company reached out to law enforcement shortly after the press conference indicating it could have offered the needed support without involving the software controversial backdoors and much legal wrangling.
The best part about the TouchID lies in the fact that it can be used in unlocking the phone even long after the death of the fingerprint owner. Apple spokesperson has disclosed that the law enforcement has not to this point in time contacted the company for any form of technical help in unlocking the device.
Top officials have said that the deal is still on the table and it is up to the law enforcement to decide whether or not to accept. Apple has always indicated willingness to help when it comes to uncovering useful information and the potential motive.
Tim Cook opined, “The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”
The FBI has proceeded to ultimately withdraw its court order and that was after it discovered that there was an alternative method for unlocking the device.