FBI keeping mum on what it found on government-issued iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still analyzing data on the iPhone used by a San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist and won’t decide whether to talk about what it has found until after that examination is complete, a senior FBI official said Tuesday,” Devlin Barrett reports for MarketWatch.

“James Baker, the FBI’s general counsel, was peppered with questions about the contentious iPhone case at a conference of the International Association of Privacy Professionals,” Barrett reports.

“As for the San Bernardino phone at the center of the dispute until last week, Baker said the FBI won’t decide what to say or do about what it has learned until it has spent more time examining both the phone-cracking tool and the information it has obtained.,” Barrett reports.

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19 Comments

  1. All just a ruse to try and set a precedent and circumvent the US Constitution. When they realized they screwed up and got the public against them, they miraculously were supposedly able to break into the iPhone and end their massive PR faux pas. I declare shenanigans.

  2. They better be careful as what to say about this iPhone.

    If crucial material is on, they will have to act upon and catch the next terrorist treat before it makes his way in.

    Or else, getting into phones is, for now, not as crucial as it might appeared.

    Either way , the FBI is toast on this one. They are more a joke at dinner now then a serious institution that act with reflexion and anticipation.

    1. Don’t agree.

      The FBI advanced its abilities with the ability to crack this iPhone and so it will for hundreds or thousands of others belonging to suspects and known bad guys.

      We will never know what info came from this government issued iPhone, but accidents by the bad guys do occur when a bad guy phones, say, a hardware store several times. When you interview the hardware store personnel, sometimes you turn up videos, purchase records, credit cards, people who visited with the bad guy & possibly parking lot video of vehicles.

      You can’t ignore any evidence.

      1. The fib has had the software they used to crack this phone for over a year!!!! They could have used it at any time during their attempt to circumvent the constitution, it was only after realizing the courts aren’t buying their ruse that the suddenly, and miraculously discovered they had the rev in hand all along. What a shame that an institution I grew up admiring has sank to such lies and lows.

      2. The fib has had the software they used to crack this phone for over a year!!!! They could have used it at any time during their attempt to circumvent the constitution, it was only after realizing the courts aren’t buying their ruse that the suddenly, and miraculously discovered they had the rev in hand all along. What a shame that an institution I grew up admiring has sank to such lies and lows.

  3. As predicted any useful information was on the two phones that were destroyed. They didn’t destroy the iPhone in question because there was nothing worth destroying. We all suspect the FBI already knew this. We’re hearing nothing about arrests or expanded investigations because there are none as an outcome of the iPhone hack.

    The whole push by the FBI and DOJ was to set a precedent of the government being able to force a company to write specific operating system software that would let the government hack into a phone. When the backlash became so great and the legal arguments against such a thing became so clear the FBI and DOJ backed off knowing they’d likely lose. They didn’t want a firm precedent to be set that was against them.

    1. This will happen eventually anyway, but now people are much more aware of the consequences of allowing such law enforcement folly to not only individual security but national security. There are no trade-offs or middle ground possible.

  4. It’s all speculation but I do hope that someday way way into the future something good will come of this, like a cook book of the finest recipes found of hacked iPhones.

    I bet the Sand Bernado iPhone has a wonderful lasagna recipe on it.

  5. I think if they had found something of use they would have let that “get out”, even if they did not divulge exactly what it was, based on the silence I am guessing nothing of use.

  6. I’m totally in the camp that they never did get into this phone at all, ever, for anything. I’m well used now, over the last, what, 50, 60, year? that the FBI knows very little except how to lie in such situations.

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