THE FBI and Apple have been deadlocked for a period of months over a demand that the company unlock a phone belonging to San Bernadino Daesh couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik who killed 14 people in December 2015.
It appeared that the matter had reached an impasse and would be going to court with the FBI expecting Apple to be instructed to unlock the phone, despite the fact that the company not only intended to refuse on grounds of customer security but also because it said that its security features were so good that it did not know how to unlock the phone.
The matter is now out of Apple’s hands however as the FBI has not only dropped the lawsuit but has revealed that it has found a third party able to unlock the phone without any input from Apple.
It is rumoured that an Israeli firm has ‘cracked’ the security but there is no news as to whether it intends to offer this service to any other governments.
In the meantime, Apple will be desperately trying to discover the secret to the unlocking the phone and then increasing the security of future models and in a moment of bravado, it is reported that Apple has asked the FBI to let it know how the unlocking was achieved.