Apple and the FBI have been in a stalemate over encrypted information believed to be stored on the iPhone of one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino massacre. This debate has gone back and forth for several weeks, even drawing the attention of Libertarian Party Candidate, and cyber security legend, John McAfee.
Now, multiple news sources, including TechCrunch and The Verge are reporting that the FBI may have found a way to unlock the iPhone after all.
The government was scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow in Washington DC. In a filing submitted earlier today the FBI said:
“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farooks iPhone. Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.
Accordingly, to provide time for testing the method, the government hereby requests that the hearing set for March 22, 2016 be vacated. The government proposes filing a status report with the Court by April 5th, 2016″
Now, with a possible hack in tow, the FBI is going back to test out the theory on other devices before it tries it on Farook’s iPhone.
If it doesn’t work, we may be back in the same spot.