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Unlocking Texas Gunman's Phone Revives Apple-FBI Discord

Unlocking Texas Gunman's Phone Revives Apple-FBI Discord
The FBI is having trouble unlocking the Texas gunman's iPhone. (Ymgerman/Dreamstime)

By    |   Thursday, 09 November 2017 03:11 PM

Unlocking the Texas gunman's phone following his attack at a Sutherland Springs church that left 26 people dead is proving difficult, and Apple says it has reached out to the FBI to help.

The FBI has not officially identified the type of phone Texas shooter Devin Kelley used, but The Washington Post indicated it's an iPhone, which have been a thorn in the side of the FBI before. Following the deadly 2016 San Bernardino attack, Apple said it would not unlock the phone of the shooter because it would compromise the everyone's iPhones.

“Our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement regarding the Texas shooter's phone. “We offered assistance and said we would expedite our response to any legal process they send us.”

“We work with law enforcement every day,” the spokesman continued. “We offer training to thousands of agents so they understand our devices and how they can quickly request information from Apple.”

According to Apple, if a person uses the fingerprint technology, that person’s fingerprint can be used to unlock the phone for 48 hours if the phone had not been powered off and restarted. Phones not unlocked for more than 48 hours always require a pass code. 

Officials can sometimes get information from the Apple account if the phone was backed up online, with a warrant or legal order. They also can get warrants for Google, Twitter, and Facebook accounts to obtain information. 

The FBI said in October it was unable to get data from about half of the 6,900 phones, computers, and tablets it has tried to access in the last year.

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