The authorities said “an individual” had given it the passcode to the cellphone
Generic cinch for court dilemmas
The U.S. no longer demands Apple’s aid to unlock an iPhone 5s cellphone running iOS 7 used by the accused in a drug investigation, saying that an “person supplied the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case.”
An individual supplied the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case “Yesterday evening,” DOJ wrote to the court in a filing Friday. Late last night “, that passcode was used by the authorities by hand and got access to the iPhone.” The filing didn’t supply info on who the person was and in what capacity he was working.
Feng is expected to be sentenced and has pleaded guilty. He’d before told investigators that he did’t recall the passcode.
Previously this month the application addressed exclusively a “narrow share” of iPhones, Federal Bureau of Investigation manager James Comey said. Apple demanded to know in the New York case whether the authorities had exhausted all alternatives to get to the info.
Judge Orenstein had ruled that Apple ca’t be driven to extract info from the iPhone 5s under a legislative act called exactly the same law invoked in the California case, the All Writs Act.
Apple couldn’t be reached for comment.
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