Friday, February 19, 2016

DoJ Files Motion to Force Apple to Hack iPhone in San Bernardino Case

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT filed a motion this morning asking a federal court to compel Apple to comply with a magistrate’s order that it help the FBI hack into an iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects.

A federal magistrate initially gave Apple five business days to respond to her order, released on Tuesday, but the Justice Department decided not to wait for Apple’s response, noting in its motion today that Apple CEO Tim Cook had already indicated in a public statement posted to Apple’s web site Tuesday that his company would not comply.

“The government does not seek to deny Apple its right to be heard, and expects these issues to be fully briefed before the Court; however, the urgency of this investigation requires this motion now that Apple has made its intention not to comply patently clear,” the Justice Department wrote in its 35-page motion (.pdf).

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