Apple ordered to help FBI unlock phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter

A federal judge ordered Apple to help the FBI access encrypted data hidden on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year, according to a three-page decision handed down Tuesday.

The federal investigation into the terror attack has been largely focused on determining the couple’s movements between the time of the attack at the Inland Regional Center the morning of Dec. 2 and their deaths in a wild firefight with police hours later. Last month, the FBI released a detailed timeline of their actions after the shooting, but the agency asked for the public’s help in filling in an 18-minute blind spot.

The court order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in Riverside directs Apple to help the FBI recover the phone’s passcode and get around any auto-erase functions the device might employ.

  • tom_billesley

    Just a charade to make the phone content admissible in court.

  • Millie_Woods

    Too bad it wasn’t a Facebook Phone. Zuckerburg is only too willing to help government catch refugee critics, er I mean, bad guys.

  • Xavier

    The first step toward outlawing public encryption.

    • I am surprised they do not already have the means, somehow I am not buying this.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Encrypted information will self-destruct if too many incorrect passwords are attempted. It’s THAT simple, really. I doubt there is a “game” afoot here. But a lot of technology “users” perceive themselves as being far more knowledgeable about technology and tech products than they actually are.

    • FactsWillOut

      Looks like you’re the only one here who gets it.

  • 20thCenturyVole

    I don’t think the owner will object.

  • BillyHW

    When are they going to arrest the 3rd white supremacist shooter?

    • Justin St.Denis

      And those three white guys wearing camouflage? Whatever happened to them? So many witnesses saw them but…….crickets.

  • pdxnag

    And here Apple thought they could avoid all this legal wrangling by upgrading their iOS so that it is impossible and futile to do what the judge demands.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    An 18-minute gap? Nixon lives.

  • Maybe it will lead to other terrorists – but Apple don’t care.

    Or again, maybe it will help the FBI discover the *motive” for this killing spree. 😉

  • Justin St.Denis

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is trying to get a court to overturn this order.

    Why do cocksucking faggots like Tim Cook always PROTECT their future islamic killers? What level of self-hatred do these cocksucking faggots share, and on what is it based?

    I am flummoxed!

    • David Murrell

      I sold my Apple stock last summer when it peaked, and am glad I did. The fact that Apple is shielding the Islamic State will not help their reputation.

    • Clausewitz

      Apple appealing the court order, is aiding and abetting an enemy who has sworn time and time again that they are at war with us. The equivalency during WWII would have been if the governments of the Allies had banned the breaking of the Enigma code because it would have violated the German’s right to privacy.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Excellent analogy, dear sir! I wish I had thought of that one myself.

  • FactsWillOut

    Apple is correct not to divulge to the government how to break into it’s encryption. If it works on that phone, it’ll work on all iphones.

  • Minicapt

    National Security Agency; it’s their job.


  • FactsWillOut

    “This is how the FBI wants Apple to backdoor the iPhone”…or-the-iphone/

    So, the FBI wants Apple to make for them a custom OS, which gives them access to proprietary software, and also the power to hack all Iphone 5c’s.


    The FBI is on glue.

    It’s one thing to get a search warrant, it’s another thing altogether to try to force a company to engage in a software engineering project via court order.

    The FBI has truly jumped the shark.