Jan 14, 2020

US urges Apple to unlock air base shooter's phones

US Attorney General William Barr has asked Apple to unlock two phones of a Saudi man who carried out a mass shooting at a US base. He accused the company of not having "Given us any substantive assistance", a claim that Apple denies. Apple had given the FBI iCloud data from the attacker's online account, the New York Times reported, but refused to unlock the phone, saying it would undermine their own encryption software. A similar clash in 2016 was resolved when the FBI found a way to unlock a phone belonging to a mass shooter in California without help from Apple. 21 members of the Saudi military were expelled from the US. Mr Barr said the cadets were found to have had jihadist material and indecent images of children in their possession but are not accused of aiding the shooter.

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