US gov't to drop Apple case after FBI hack shooter's iPhone

WASHINGTON, March 28 (KUNA) — The US government will withdraw a court order compelling Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters after authorities successfully hacked the device, said US media on Monday.
“The FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple required by this Court Order,” US Department of Justice spokesperson Melanie Newman was quoted by ABC News as saying.
“The FBI is currently reviewing the information on the phone, consistent with standard investigatory procedures,” she added.
The news comes one week after the FBI announced they had found a third party which would assist in unlocking the iPhone.
Apple had refused to cooperate with authorities on unlocking the mobile citing the impact that could have on undermining the security of its devices worldwide. (end)