FBI director says unlocking method won't work on newer iPhones

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:25 PM

Apple'south shares were down 1.3 % at midday. Comey added that the technique wouldn't work on the iPhone five and the later models iPhone six and six.

n">The Federal Bureau of Investigation'south secret method for unlocking the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters won't work on newer models, FBI Director James Comey said.

"We've a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones," Comey said at a conference on encryption and surveillance at Kenyon Univ in OH late on Wednesday.

Apple'south shares were down 1.3 % at midday.

Comey added that the technique wouldn't work on the iPhone five and the later models iPhone six and six. The iPhone 5c model was introduced in two thousand-thirteenth and has since been discontinued by Apple as newer models have become available.

The Justice Dept said in March it'd unlocked the San Bernardino shooter'south iPhone with the assistance of an unidentified third party and dropped its case against Apple Inc (), ending a high-stakes valid clash but leaving the broader fight over encryption unresolved.

As the technique cannot be used to crack into newer models, law enforcement authorities will likely have to lean on Apple to assistance them access the devices involved in other cases.

The Justice Dept has asked a NY Ct to force Apple to unlock an iPhone five related to a drug investigation. Prosecutors in that case said they'd upgrade the Ct by April eleven on whether it'd "modify" its request for Apple's assistance.

If the government continues to pursue that case, the technology company could potentially utilize valid discovery to force the FBI to reveal what technique it used, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Apple and the FBI weren't immediately available for comment.

The FBI began briefing choose U. S. senators this week about the method used to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone.

Up to Wednesday'south near of $110.96, Apple'south shares had risen more than five % this year.

(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru and Dustin Volz in Washington; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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