The FBI previously cancelled their case against Apple in the San Bernardino iPhone case, although there were more cases against Apple where authorities were attempting to get Apple to unlock iPhones that were used by suspect in criminal cases.
One of these was an iPhone that was owned by Jun Feng in a drug trafficking trial in Brookly, New York, the Department Of Justice had previously asked that Apple be made to unlock the device.
The DOJ has now withdrawn their request for Apple to unlock the iPhone as they have been able to obtain the passcode to the handset, you can see their statement below.
The government respectfully submits this letter to update the Court and the parties. Yesterday evening, an individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case. Late last night, the government used that passcode by hand and gained access to the iPhone. Accordingly, the government no longer needs Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone, and withdraws its application.
If the DOJ would have continued with their case against Apple, the company were expected to fight the case like they did with the one brought against them by the FBI.
Encryption is a major topic at the moment and the debate will continue for some time as company’s attempt to protect users privacy.
Source Apple InsiderFiled Under: Apple, Apple iPhone