The FBI seems to have found other ways to hack into the iPhone without Apple’s help. They say that a third-party might be able to unlock the phone without involvement from Apple’s side.
This comes as a big surprise as the FBI has stated numerous times that only Apple can access the phone’s storage without triggering some security features, such as wiping the phone’s storage, clean. FBI then pressured Apple into removing these security mechanisms, disregarding other users all over the world whose privacy, something Apple takes pride on, would also be compromised. Most people were on Apple’s side, as well as their Silicon Valley colleagues, Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft and others.
The court hearing was scheduled for March 22, but, to everyone’s surprise, it was canceled by non other than the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will test out the new methods during the next two weeks and will later get back to the court with the results.
Apple is not off the hook yet since the government has until April 5 to see whether it still wants to pursue this case in court. Apple fears that everything could revert to what it’s been in the last couple of months in no time or worse that the third party can actually hack into the iPhone. Apple’s attorneys have stated that if there really is a way to hack into the iPhones they would demand the FBI to share their method as it is in their interest to remove all the bugs the electronics could potentially have.
Whichever of the two happens, there is no end in sight for this case. We are in a stalemate again. If the FBI fails to hack into the iPhone, this saga continues in two weeks. If the FBI succeeds at hacking the iPhone, a whole new saga will ensue.