On December 2, 2015, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik entered a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and opened fire, murdering 14 innocent civilians and wounding 22 more. Farook and Malik were killed hours later in a shootout with the police.
Authorities are still looking for information surrounding this attack.
“Since the terrorist attack in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015, that took the lives of 14 innocent Americans and shattered the lives of numerous families, my office and our law enforcement partners have worked tirelessly to exhaust every investigative lead in the case.” -United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker
Of course, with any modern terrorism investigation, digital communication comes in to play. Authorities recovered several cell phones the shooters had tried to destroy. They also found an intact iPhone in a car belonging to Farook’s family. The phone was owned by San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Farook’s employer.
The iPhone is owned by Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which assigned it to him. The county consented to investigators’ requests to search its contents. Investigators have been able to obtain backups from Farook’s iCloud account, yet the backups ceased nearly two months before the attack. Prosecutors think that Farook disabled the iCloud sync to hide evidence. iCloud is not exactly known for it’s security.
With a warrant to search the device, and the permission of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the iPhone’s lawful owner, Apple has still refused to unlock the phone.
Today a federal judge ruled that Apple had to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to recover data from the iPhone. Apple has 5 days to respond if it deems this to be “unreasonably burdensome”.
14 dead, 22 seriously injured, countless family members and friends destroyed at the hands of terror. An iPhone may hold info about what led to this, and what more may be involved. A warrant, the rightful phone’s owner, and a court order by a federal judge asking Apple to help get this information off an iPhone used by a dead terrorist.
Come on Apple, this time, do the right thing.
Source: NBC News