[Ed. – And, yes, this mystery ailment — which may somehow affect the entire county, but which isn’t resident anywhere else in its IT systems and can only be recovered from a single iPhone that no one is using to connect to anything — means law enforcement needs to be present and participate in breaking into the phone forthwith.
[I say: leave the damn thing dormant, and dissolve the phone in acid.]
An iPhone seized from perpetrators of the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., may contain evidence of a “dormant cyber pathogen” that poses a threat to residents of the county, the district attorney’s office claimed in a filing late Thursday. …
The filing didn’t make clear exactly what was meant by the term “cyber pathogen” or quantify how many lives were at risk.
“The world has never seen what he is describing coming from an iPhone,” Jonathan Zdziarski, an iPhone forensics expert, said in an interview with Ars Technica.
Zdziarski…said the “pathogen” was equivalent to suggesting that a “magical unicorn might exist on this phone.”