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Apple’s battle with the US government about the order, which would have forced the company to create special software that can unlock iPhone 5C, used by the shooters from San Bernardino, is now officially closed after the Department of Justice announced plans to stop the case.

According to the judicial institution, FBI was able to unlock the phone itself without the help of Apple. Recently it became clear that for this purpose was used an external company. Just a day before the date fixed for hearing both sides, the Department asked the court to postpone for another possible way to access data on the phone.

It seems the government has succeeded without the help of technology giant. At a later stage, the media reported that the aid comes from Israeli company Cellebrite which develop mobile software. The FBI did not report what method is used to gain access to the locked phone.

Apple official statement:

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.

Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.

This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”

FBI Assistant Director David Bowdich said in a statement:

“The FBI cannot comment on the technical steps that were taken to obtain the contents of the county-issued iPhone, nor the identity of the third party that came forward as a result of the publicity generated by the court order. During the past week, to include the weekend, extensive testing of the iPhone was done by highly skilled personnel to ensure that the contents of the phone would remain intact once technical methods were applied. The full exploitation of the phone and follow-up investigative steps are continuing.

My law enforcement partners and I made a commitment to the victims of the 12/2 attack in San Bernardino and to the American people that no stone would be left unturned in this case. We promised to explore every investigative avenue in order to learn whether the San Bernardino suspects were working with others, were targeting others, or whether or not they were supported by others.

While we continue to explore the contents of the iPhone and other evidence, these questions may not be fully resolved, but I am satisfied that we have access to more answers than we did before and that the investigative process is moving forward.”

Also related to this case:
Apple Hires legendary lawyer Ted Olson to fight the FBI in court
Facebook and Twitter also supported Apple in encryption battle with FBI
Sundar Pichai expects open discussion of the case with the FBI and Apple
Bill Gates: Apple should agree to the request of the FBI to decrypt the iPhone

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