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San Bernardino iCloud Password Reset by Suspect's Employer at FBI's Behest

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By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 09:02 AM

The San Bernardino suspect's iCloud password was reset by a county employee at the FBI's request and not done without consent to hinder the investigation, according to the San Bernardino Sun.

According to an FBI statement and court motion filed Friday, a worker with San Bernardino County reset the account on Dec. 6, days after Syed Rizwan Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik carried out a terrorist attack that killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center. Farook, who worked as a health inspector for the county, and his wife were later killed by authorities in a shootout.

There was initial concern that county officials acted on their own to reset the iCloud password on the Apple iPhone 5C issued to Farook through his employer, thus hindering the FBI's investigation. However, that was not the case.

"FBI investigators worked cooperatively with the county of San Bernardino in order to exploit crucial data contained in the iCloud account associated with a county-issued iPhone that was assigned to the suspected terror suspect, Syed Rizwan Farook," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a news release, according to the San Bernardino Sun.

Investigators were hoping to work with county officials to obtain any information from an iCloud backup of the device's data.

A U.S. District judge ordered Apple to help federal investigators gain access to data on the encrypted iPhone 5C used by Farook, NBC News reported. Apple has refused to comply with the order, arguing that its assistance would put the privacy of all of its customers at risk.

FBI director James Comey pushed back against Apple's position in a statement Sunday.

"We don't want to break anyone's encryption or set a master key loose on the land," Comey said, according to NBC News.

"I hope folks will take a deep breath and stop saying the world is ending, but instead use that breath to talk to each other . . . Although this case is about the innocents attacked in San Bernardino, it does highlight that we have awesome new technology that creates a serious tension between two values we all treasure — privacy and safety," he continued.

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