FBI hacks into iPhone 5c


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Pew research poll on whether Apple should comply with the FBI in unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone. TNS 2016

Eshika Kohli, Staff Writer

After the San Bernardino shooting the FBI has successfully hacked into an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists after stirring disputes with Apple.

Assistant director of the FBI’s partnership engagement office Kerry Sleeper said, “As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners. Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistently within our legal and policy constraints.”

The agency which cracked the code to find the details from the iPhone will not disclose the method of unlocking the device. Yet the agency has sent a memo to local law-enforcement agencies, telling them it can provide assistance to help solve other cases with Apple phones that contain evidence.

Freshman Samruddhi Ubhe said, “If it means we will live in a safer world, I think the FBI should have control over our devices.”

Newer phones since the iPhone 5c that have the Touch ID system are likely much more difficult to break into.

Sleeper said, “You have our commitment that we will maintain an open dialogue with the media. We are in this together.”

Apple and other smartphone manufacturers have admitted to data security as a way to keep criminals out. Those who break the law will use any and all techniques that law enforcement are not likely to find; thus making it a three way race between criminals, smartphone manufacturers, and law enforcement.