FBI has yet to find actionable intel from breached San Bernardino iPhone, report says

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A report Wednesday claims FBI agents have not yet discovered useful information from an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a device that just last month was at the center of a high-profile court battle involving Apple.




According to a law enforcement source familiar with the matter, data extracted from a passcode locked iPhone used by terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook has yet to produce a breakthrough in the FBI's case, though the agency's analysis is ongoing, reports CBS News.

In February, Apple was ordered to assist FBI efforts in accessing Farook's iPhone, but the company resisted. Government and law enforcement officials pushed the issue as part of a media blitz, suggesting Apple's move might put citizens in danger if the device were to contain vital intelligence about accomplices, or plans for a follow-up attack.

While the Justice Department never claimed knowledge of the target iPhone's contents, the government molded this uncertainty to promote a sense of urgency in resolving its public fight with Apple. In light of calls to give to FBI requests, the company did not bend and maintained that the creation of a workaround to its own security protocols would imperil millions of iOS device users.

The motion to compel Apple's assistance was ultimately rendered moot when an outside party presented the FBI with a working exploit capable of extracting Farook's data.

Today's news comes one week after FBI lawyer James A. Baker refused to comment on whether or not agents had found "useful" information from the cracked device.

"It was worth the fight to make sure that we have turned over every rock that we can with respect to the investigation," Baker said. "We owe it to the victims and the families to make sure that we pursue every logical lead."
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,108member
    Anyone with half a brain and even partial knowledge of the circumstances surrounding this case could've made the determination that this iPhone was useless because the suspects wouldn't have used it for anything incriminating!!!

    FBI = Freaking Brainless Idiots
    baconstangjbdragonjony0
  • Reply 2 of 21
    CMA102DLCMA102DL Posts: 121member
    No dormant cyber pathogen? DA? FBI? Is it possible that they lied to us?
    edited April 2016 lostkiwibaconstangwonkothesanemagman1979jbdragon
  • Reply 3 of 21
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    How do we know the awakened dormant cyber pathogen isn't making them say that?
    edited April 2016 lostkiwibaconstangmagman1979wlymjony0
  • Reply 4 of 21
    CMA102DLCMA102DL Posts: 121member
    Good point. The fact that Comey has been asking for weak encryption is because he is sick in the head.
    edited April 2016 jbdragon
  • Reply 5 of 21
    wonkothesanewonkothesane Posts: 1,288member
    Sometimes I think such places are full of people who did not get enough attention as a child. 
    palomine
  • Reply 6 of 21
    plovellplovell Posts: 790member
    The only surprise is that this leak was not 4:30 pm on Friday afternoon to make sure it was lost. Now it'll pop up on Thursday's news screens "FBI Learned Nothing From iPhone" And learned nothing from a lot more. But most folks have not a clue about that :(
    jbdragon
  • Reply 7 of 21
    plovellplovell Posts: 790member
    CMA102DL said:
    No dormant cyber pathogen? DA? FBI? Is it possible that they lied to us?
    HA !! I'd forgotten about that. That dork should be fired for incompetence. Problem is that his manager is probably no more competent, and so will not.
    jbdragon
  • Reply 8 of 21
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,198member
    Anyone with half a brain and even partial knowledge of the circumstances surrounding this case could've made the determination that this iPhone was useless because the suspects wouldn't have used it for anything incriminating!!!

    FBI = Freaking Brainless Idiots
    And even if they did its not like we don't know who did the shooting. plus anyone that was a terrorist that was contacted on that phone would have booked it out of dodge before they could get caught if they thought there was a slim chance the burner phone number or whatever could be used against them
  • Reply 9 of 21
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,198member

    jfc1138 said:
    How do we know the awakened dormant cyber pathogen isn't making them say that?
    is that like looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction
    cnocbui
  • Reply 10 of 21
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 554member
    CMA102DL said:
    No dormant cyber pathogen? DA? FBI? Is it possible that they lied to us?
    Yeah.. I thought they would have found this at least. It's dormant after all.
    jbdragon
  • Reply 11 of 21
    The argument is not about this phone but setting a precedent for the FBI to be able to access any phone when they need to. This phone was just the vehicle to get them there. Although in the end, they knew they were not going to win so they back off in an attempt to save face by using another tech company.
  • Reply 12 of 21
    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 323member
    Shocking (eyes rolling).  Also, since it is the FBI's job to protect citizens of the United States, shouldn't they reveal the exploit used to hack into the phone to Apple in order to protect us citizens?
  • Reply 13 of 21
    spacekidspacekid Posts: 162member
    Anyone with half a brain and even partial knowledge of the circumstances surrounding this case could've made the determination that this iPhone was useless because the suspects wouldn't have used it for anything incriminating!!!

    FBI = Freaking Brainless Idiots
    Yeah because the suspects were masterminds and wouldn't have made any mistakes.
  • Reply 14 of 21
    spacekidspacekid Posts: 162member
    ceek74 said:
    Shocking (eyes rolling).  Also, since it is the FBI's job to protect citizens of the United States, shouldn't they reveal the exploit used to hack into the phone to Apple in order to protect us citizens?
    Couldn't Apple hire third parties to hack into the phones to determine their weaknesses?
  • Reply 15 of 21
    spacekidspacekid Posts: 162member
    matrix077 said:
    CMA102DL said:
    No dormant cyber pathogen? DA? FBI? Is it possible that they lied to us?
    Yeah.. I thought they would have found this at least. It's dormant after all.
    You might try keeping up with the news. This was a local official that had brought up the "cyber pathogen" as a possibility, not the FBI.
  • Reply 16 of 21
    jcs2305jcs2305 Posts: 614member
    spacekid said:
    Anyone with half a brain and even partial knowledge of the circumstances surrounding this case could've made the determination that this iPhone was useless because the suspects wouldn't have used it for anything incriminating!!!

    FBI = Freaking Brainless Idiots
    Yeah because the suspects were masterminds and wouldn't have made any mistakes.
    No because they made a point to destroy their personal phones and computers.  They were thorough maybe not masterminds but thorough. 
    ewtheckmanRayz2016
  • Reply 17 of 21
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member

    jfc1138 said:
    How do we know the awakened dormant cyber pathogen isn't making them say that?
    is that like looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction
    Weapons of Mass Distraction - now about that oil...
    edited April 2016
  • Reply 18 of 21
    CMA102DLCMA102DL Posts: 121member

    jfc1138 said:
    How do we know the awakened dormant cyber pathogen isn't making them say that?
    is that like looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction
    "Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." - GWB
    anantksundaram
  • Reply 19 of 21
    Let's say for shits and giggles that the FBI did pull valuable information and was able to prevent another attack, would anyone opinion about the unlocking or the FBI be any different? Would any of you have changed your mind about Apple's stance? Of course not, you would just find something complain about so why is this still being talked about...nothing, absolutely nothing would make anyone feel any different, you people just need something to complain and be mad about...
  • Reply 20 of 21
    I know the mods frown on two-word posts, so I'm padding this out a little:

    Imagine that.


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