Monday, 20 November, 2017

Federal Bureau of Investigation unable to access data off Texas church shooter's cellphone

The FBI can't unlock the Texas church shooter's phone FBI can't unlock Texas shooter's phone
Kayla Schwartz | 09 November, 2017, 03:15

While Christopher Combs, head of the FBI's San Antonio field office, didn't confirm that the device was an iPhone, a report from The Washington Post cited sources close to the investigation and said the device in question is an iPhone.

The FBI announced at a press conference yesterday that it was unable to decrypt the phone, calling it yet another example of tech companies thwarting law enforcement's ability to investigate crime. Martin says there are about 50 people in the congregation, adding that "there were very few that were here that were uninjured".

"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". Once the 48 hours expires, Apple requires a user to enter their passcode to unlock the phone and no longer accepts a fingerprint for authentication.

He said that the gunman was not in the FBI's database.

Last year, Apple executives who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity criticized government officials who reset the Apple identification associated with the phone, which closed off the possibility of recovering information from it through the automatic cloud backup. If the bureau had consulted the company, Apple engineers would likely have told the bureau to take steps such as putting the dead gunman's finger to the phone to see if doing so would unlock it.

"Our team immediately reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone".

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Combs did not specify what kind of phone Kelley had during the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but a second person familiar with the situation confirmed to Reuters that it was an iPhone.

"We work with law enforcement every day". We offer training to thousands of agents so they understand our devices and how they can quickly request information from Apple.

The implication is that had law enforcement contacted Apple sooner, it would have received tips and guidance that could have helped it preserve access to the data on Kelley's phone.

The government's lawsuit against Apple was ultimately abandoned in March 2016 after the DOJ reportedly paid a private contractor upwards of $1 million to crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, but security measures increasingly offered by mobile device makers have posed plenty of other problems for federal investigators ever since.

The issue came to a very public head past year when Apple and the Department of Justice spent 43 days locked in a legal battle over an order from a federal magistrate in California that the company must help the FBI try to get into an iPhone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

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