After involving Apple in a high-profile court battle to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino Shooter Syed Farook, FBI lawyer refuses to say whether data extracted from the device is ‘useful’.
According to the statement FBI general counsel James Baker, it is “too early” to say whether anything useful would be found.
“We’re now doing an analysis of that data, as we would in any other type of criminal terrorism investigation,’’ Mr. Baker said, adding: “That means we would follow logical leads.” But because the agency has only had access to the data for a short period of time, he said “it’s simply too early’’ to say whether anything found on the phone has been valuable to investigators.”
While the FBI has not shared how it was able to unlock the iPhone, it also won’t reveal what was found until that examination is complete.
It is still unclear if the method for hacking the iPhone can be used only for the iPhone 5c owned by Farook, but according to the report by The Wall Street Journal, the FBI is testing to find out if it can be used to unlock other versions of the device.
According to rumors pointing to Israeli firm Cellebrite, an unnamed third party helped the agency crack, bypass or otherwise thwart Farook’s passcode and extract the phone’s data.