Data from San Bernardino phone has helped in probe, U.S. law enforcement officials claim

“Hacking the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone has produced data the FBI didn’t have before and has helped the investigators answer some remaining questions in the ongoing probe, U.S. law enforcement officials say,” Evan Perez, Pamela Brown and Shimon Prokupecz report for CNN.

“Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family, the officials said,” Perez, Brown and Prokupecz report. “The phone didn’t contain evidence of contacts with other ISIS supporters or the use of encrypted communications during the period the FBI was concerned about. The FBI views that information as valuable to the probe, possibilities it couldn’t discount without getting into the phone, the officials said.”

Perez, Brown and Prokupecz report, “FBI investigators now have concluded there was data on the phone they didn’t have previously, law enforcement officials said, declining to offer more specifics.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Pfft.

So, basically, it seems that the most important “recovered data” is that there was no pertinent data on the iPhone.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “silverhawk1” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

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  1. To hell with all this ‘it helped with the probe’ bullshit. These are dumbass government chumps who are too stupid to get a job in the real world. So they ‘work’ for the government.

    What I really want to know is whether they got to the dangerous ‘lying dormant cyber pathogen’. That fucker will fuck you up if you are not careful.

    Swimmin’ in a sea of retards.

    1. If you are convinced that all government employees are stupid, you have two choices:

      1. Move someplace without a government. I understand that Somalia and Libya are nice and sunny this time of year.
      Or
      2. Go to work for the government and see how that affects the average intelligence level.

      As Benjamin Franklin actually said, those who would buy temporary financial security at the price of the liberty of a free people to tax themselves will have neither security nor liberty.

  2. MDN is in denial. A joke. They think that there will NEVER be life-saving data on an iPhone that had the authorities found could have saved one or many, many lives. And it will happen to some of the very people who don’t want our police and FBI and CIA and NSA who protect our country any access to an iPhone. They will have a little boy, or little girl, or wife, or colleagues that will be hurt or killed because the authorities could not get to the iPhone data in time to act.

    MDN is like all the millennial babies that never grew up and are still a bunch of immature and even dangerous losers.

    Go FBI, CIA, NSA, Americas Police Departments!

    1. They could also just make it so anyone could listen to or hack any phone in the world – then they could save whoever they feel like saving. That’s their (and your) plan, right?

      Oh, wait. If they do that, every person in the world will be easy prey for criminals, ID thieves, kidnappers, murderers, burglars, and the like, since our phones would be wide open. How will the FBI decide who to save, when everyone’s getting robbed, kidnapped, or murdered?

      You’re an idiot. Go educate yourself: encryption either works or it doesn’t. If the FBI succeeded in forcing encryption to be broken, they’d have to massively expand operations to deal with the wave of crime that would result.

    2. I have been one of MDN’s strongest critics on this, but to be fair I don’t think they have ever claimed that people would NEVER die or suffer because of strong encryption. They have argued that those costs are outweighed by the greater and more certain risks of weak encryption. I basically agree, although I think it is a closer case than they do.

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