“Apple Inc. suffered one major casualty in its legal victory over the FBI: bragging rights over the iPhone’s security,” Alex Webb reports for Bloomberg. “”

“The FBI’s decision to abandon its effort to force Apple to help break into a terrorist’s handset marks a win for the company. Yet the agency’s claim that it found a way to hack into the device via an anonymous third party deals a blow to customers’ faith in the iPhone’s ability to protect their information,” Webb reports. “‘It’s not the best news for Apple,’ said Chris McClean, a data-security researcher at Forrester Research Inc. ‘The Apple brand takes a little bit of a hit here. Because we don’t have details, customers are still going to question whether or not their device is safe. If one company can get into it then potentially that exploit is reusable for any device.”'”

“The judge presiding over the case must now decide whether or not to accede to the FBI’s request to end the case. Apple’s lawyers said last week that they would expect the government to outline successful methods employed to crack the phone,” Webb reports. “Closing the case would impede the company’s ability to get that information. Under a relatively new process known as an equities review however, the FBI may be obligated to reveal the details unless it can show administration officials that there’s a substantial national security need to keep the flaw secret.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. government and in particular, FBI Director James Comey, lied all along. That, or they’re just incompetent.

Using the court process and an antiquated law to accomplish the FBI’s goal was especially inappropriate in this situation given that Congress and the White House were actively engaged on the issue. The fact that the FBI ultimately found an alternative solution suggests that it did not conduct full due diligence before filing the lawsuit.U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu

U.S. Citizens: Never forget that you funded the FBI’s purchase of this iPhone backdoor and the iPhone’s contents. DEMAND TO SEE WHAT YOU PAID FOR.

Hey, FBI: We want to see those pix of cafeteria trays that we paid for!

Apple responds to FBI: ‘This case should have never been brought’ – March 29, 2016