FBI: It's 'Simply Too Early' to Tell if Info on San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone is Valuable

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation is still working on analyzing the information found on the iPhone of San Bernardino Shooter Syed Farook, reports The Wall Street Journal. FBI general counsel James Baker shared news on the iPhone earlier today at the International Association of Privacy Professionals conference, where he said it's too early to tell if the data on the device is useful.

    After a very public legal battle in which the FBI obtained a court order demanding Apple help the government unlock the iPhone used by Farook in a December shooting in San Bernardino, the Justice Department last week announced it had found an alternate method to gain access to the iPhone in question and dropped the lawsuit.

    While the FBI has not shared how it was able to unlock the iPhone, nor shared details on what was found, it is believed Israeli mobile software developer Cellebrite, a company that offers "mobile forensic solutions," was enlisted to break into the device.

    According to Baker, the FBI has not decided whether or not it will divulge details on what was found on the iPhone and will not make a decision on whether to do so until the full analysis is complete on both the device and the cracking tool used to unlock it.

    It remains unclear if the hacking method used to break into the iPhone is only viable for the iPhone 5c used by Farook, but in a previous piece, The Wall Street Journal said the FBI is testing to see if it can be used to unlock other versions of the iPhone.

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  2. ProjectManager101 Suspended


    Jul 12, 2015
    Any jealousy girl can figure out the "data" of her boyfriend's iPhone in a few seconds.
  3. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    In other words: "We found nothing, we knew we'd find nothing, and we just wanted to use the threat of terrorism to set a precedent where we could legally hack any device we wanted. Unfortunately for us, the public weren't as stupid as we thought, and wouldn't go along with it."
  5. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
    'Still too early' after all this time is code for 'We haven't found anything remotely useful. We hope people forget about this before we announce that nothing useful was on the phone.'
  6. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I think they shared enough how they are unable to unlock ... Typo I guess ? o_O
  7. GadgetDon macrumors 6502


    May 11, 2002
    Am I the only one who finds it odd that the FBI would be talking about this case at a meeting of the International Association of Privacy Professionals? I'd love to know the context, since this issue was about concerns over privacy and so it seems unlikely the FBI would want to raise this issue in front of that audience.
  8. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yep, thanks. Fixing.
  9. iLoveiTunes macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
  10. writingdevil macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    Any security op anywhere in the world would NEVER reveal what they found on a hacked device. That's really spycraft 101. That's why hundreds of thousands of docs are buried for decades, granted some likely somebody's gramma's recipe for cakes.
  11. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    Somehow I don't think the Feds will be knocking on Apple's door next time, if they already know how to hack the iPhone.
  12. ProjectManager101 Suspended


    Jul 12, 2015
    It is true! just take any of the girls at the FBI, an intern (if she is latina better). And tell her "we have the iPhone of your boyfriend and we believe he is cheating on you". And you will see how she unlocks the thing in 5 minutes and pull everything and tell you everything she has found.
  13. currocj macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    Right, because he lists his contacts such as: Jimmy "the guy who helps me practice shooting infidels". Either you are insinuating it take zero time to investigate everyone and FBI work is a piece of cake and/or the FBI should have blurt out: we found 5 more Islamic-terrorists on his phone, the raid is next Tuesday!

    Of course they are going to keep everything they find secret until it's useless or leaked.
  14. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    I'll be very surprised if they find anything. They tried to destroyed other phones, hard drives etc., why didn't they destroy this one? Because it doesn't contain anything.
  15. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Is anyone able to say that company's name out loud without it sounding like you're saying "celebrate" in an Australian accent?

    I've tried numerous times. Each time I sound like an Aussie. Trippy!
  16. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    Are you sure you actually hacked into that phone? OR...did you think you think that twitter bug was going to save your organization?
  17. duffman9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2003
    Deep in the Depths of CA
    Methinks they are trying to make something up right now. Nothing found yet...
  18. miniyou64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2008
    No its not too early, it was a work phone and there's nothing on it
  19. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    In translation: the information on the iPhone was useless but we don't want to admit we wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on this or that we were wrong.
  20. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    So, the FIB perjured themselves saying they had no recourse... are they facing charges now?
  21. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    I trust the FBI as much as I trust Tim Cook. They both have sinister agendas.
  22. Pike R. Alpha macrumors 6502

    Pike R. Alpha

    Oct 4, 2015
    With one major difference. The FBI is fighting terrorism, but Tim Cook's Co (Apple) ideas about 'protecting your privacy' may actually help terrorists to hide their trails. This is also why I believe that trusting Apple is a bad idea.
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    einsteinbqat macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2012
    It just means that the FBI absolutely found ****-all on the device. They would be boasting about it had they found anything. And that is of course if they managed to unlock the iPhone in the first place!
  24. SirCheese Suspended

    Sep 30, 2014
    Fort Myers, Florida
    No, they would not.
  25. miniyou64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2008
    The FBI wants to control people and lock them up, Apple just wants my money. I'll take the latter.

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