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Is Apple Being Forced to Hack Not One But a Dozen iPhones?

WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- The unlocking of the San Bernardino iPhone may be the "tip of the iceberg." According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Justice Department is currently trying to force Apple to hack into "about a dozen" iPhones around the US.

Sources have told the Journal that prosecutors in about a dozen other cases have all attempted to use the 1789 All Writs Act to make the tech giant bypass the phone's passcode to access data. The Journal claims the cases "don't involve terrorism charges".

So the FBIs claim that the San Bernardino iPhone case is unique and "tailored for and limited to this particular phone" may not be true.

The San Bernardino iPhone remains at the center of the debate between personal privacy and government access to encrypted data. As part of their counterterror investigation into the fatal shooting of 14 people in California, the FBI want tech giant Apple to unlock the phone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook who carried out the mass shooting with his wife.

So the FBIs claim that the San Bernardino iPhone case is unique and "tailored for and limited to this particular phone" may not be true.

The San Bernardino iPhone remains at the center of the debate between personal privacy and government access to encrypted data. As part of their counterterror investigation into the fatal shooting of 14 people in California, the FBI want tech giant Apple to unlock the phone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook who carried out the mass shooting with his wife.

The couple were killed in a police shootout and US President Barack Obama defined the incident as an act of terrorism.

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The cell phone that belonged to Farook ran the newer iOS9 operating system, which was built without a "backdoor" to its encrypted data, so there is no set of instructions, or a backdoor key that Apple can give to the FBI to unlock the phone -- the technique doesn't exist.

Apple has already assisted the FBI by handing over access to Farook's iCloud backups for his phone -- but is resisting the order to develop a technique to hack into Farook's phone. (Cihan/Sputnik)

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