Washington DC: In a first-of-its-kind ruling that pits digital privacy against national security interests, a United States magistrate has ordered Apple executives to help the US government to hack the encrypted iPhone belonging to the shooters in the December attack in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people.
The FBI wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been working on different combinations in rapid sequence to unlock the encrypted data.
The ruling on Tuesday tied the problem to the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in a 2 December shooting at a holiday luncheon for Farook’s co-workers. The couple later died in a gun battle with police.