“For the time being, Apple’s legal battle with the FBI appears to be on hold,” Yoni Heisler reports for BGR.

“Though the FBI had previously demanded Apple write a completely new version of iOS to bypass built-in security measures, the FBI earlier this week indicated that they may have found a way into the locked iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists without Apple’s help,” Heisler reports. “The FBI hasn’t officially confirmed it, but it’s become plainly evident that the Bureau has enlisted the help of an Israeli software forensics company called Cellebrite.”

Heisler reports, “Originally spotted by Twitter user Zen Albatross, the FBI this past Monday signed a $15,278 contract with Cellebrite.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Cheap.

But, the FBI knew this avenue was available anyway, of course. FBI Director James Comey claims they didn’t, but that makes him a liar or an idiot or, in light of his laughably ham-handed quest to never let a crisis go to waste, most likely both.

Meet Cellebrite, the Israeli company reportedly cracking iPhones for the FBI – March 24, 2016
ACLU complains of Michigan State police scanning iPhones during routine traffic stops – April 20, 2011

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