FBI will help hack iPhone in murder case after cracking Apple encryption

The FBI has agreed to help prosecutors in a murder case hack into a suspect’s iPhone just days after the agency ended a legal standoff with Apple by announcing it had cracked the encryption on a known terrorist’s phone.

The FBI has declined to tell the tech giant how it managed to access the iPhone 5c of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers, and appears prepared to attempt to duplicate the process in other cases.

Requests for assistance have come in from local authorities around the country who believe data stored on the iPhones of victims or suspects could be crucial to their investigations.