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FBI unlocks iPhone of San Bernardino attacker without Apple's help
After a long legal fight with Apple Inc. to unlock the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook, the FBI has now successfully accessed the data stored in the iPhone, that too without the help of Apple. The US Justice department made this announcement on Monday.
This development has also brought an end to the court battle between Apple and the Obama administration as the Department of Justice no longer requires the assistance of Apple in unlocking the iPhone. The withdrawal of court process will take away Apple's ability to legally request details on the method the FBI used to unlock the iPhone.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Melaine Newman said in a statement, "As the government noted in its filing today, 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....The FBI is currently reviewing the information on the phone, consistent with standard investigatory procedures."

In response to it, Apple said in a statement that, "From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent.

The statement also read, "We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated."

The legal battle between the US Government and Apple Inc. started when the FBI asked Apple to unlock the encrypted iPhone of gunman Syed Farook who killed 14 people in San Bernardino. The attacker then died with his wife in a gun battle with police.

Apple has openly refused to unlock the iPhone. But then U.S. magistrate Sheri Pym of California last month ordered Apple to provide the FBI with the required software. Apple then headed for a courtroom showdown with the government last week.

This case drew international attention as other tech companies backed Apple and have said that 'they feel increasing need to protect their customers data from hackers'.

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