Suddenly, feds have own back door into terrorist’s iPhone; ask judge for delay in scheduled hearing

Suddenly, feds have own back door into terrorist’s iPhone; ask judge for delay in scheduled hearing
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[Ed. – Very interesting.  Hardball?]

Citing a new possible way to access a locked iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Justice Department on Monday convinced a federal court to cancel a Tuesday hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into the device.

Government lawyers had insisted for months they needed Apple to write special software so the FBI could bypass security features on the iPhone being used by the San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook, and obtain what could be critical information for their ongoing terrorism investigation.

But the Justice Department unexpectedly told the court just hours before a scheduled hearing that it may not need Apple’s assistance after all.

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