“The U.S. said it has gained access to the data on the iPhone used by a terrorist and no longer needs Apple Inc.’s assistance, marking an end to a legal clash that was poised to redraw boundaries between personal privacy and national security in the mobile Internet age,” Edvard Pettersson, Alex Webb, and Chris Strohm report for Bloomberg.

“The Justice Department said a week ago that it was approached by an unidentified third party about a possible method to get into the phone,” Pettersson, Webb, and Strohm report. “The government said in a court filing Monday that it “has now successfully accessed the data stored” on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife carried out the December attack in San Bernardino, California. The filing provided no details on how investigators got the data.”

“While Apple has emerged victorious from the court tussle, the government’s claim that the FBI was able to hack the iPhone with the help of a third party tarnishes the iPhone’s purported security prowess. Monday’s filing signals that government agencies can break into phones with encryption systems that were designed to make them impenetrable,” Pettersson, Webb, and Strohm report. “The agency [FBI] has declined to outline exactly how it was working to break into the phone. Apple lawyers said before Monday’s announcement that they expect the FBI to explain any successful method it discovers.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Again: 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 oh-so-crucial pix of cafeteria trays that we paid for!

FBI may be obligated to reveal how it got into terrorist’s iPhone – March 29, 2016
Apple responds to FBI: ‘This case should have never been brought’ – March 29, 2016