The iPhone belonging to a confessed drug dealer in Brooklyn has been cracked into. But it wasn’t opened with the zero-day exploit that the FBI purchased supposedly from a gray hat hacker. Someone else just knew the passcode for the iPhone. Prosecutors in the case said that an unidentified person turned in the code.
The Justice Department had been requesting for Apple’s assistance in opening up the iPhone, running iOS 7, for months. This case pre-dates the San Bernadino debacle that brought the nation face-first into a public debate about privacy, security and encryption. The drug dealer for whom the iPhone belonged to has claimed to forget the passcode to the iPhone. It is possible that he “remembered” the passcode and turned it into police. Whatever the case, the DOJ has withdrawn its request.
One of the first iPhones that the FBI is attempting to crack with its acquired exploit is involved in another homicide case in Arkansas.
Source: The New York Times