In addition to setting a dangerous precedent, compromising decades of diligent work in the service of user privacy protection, and possibly building a master key for all of the world’s iPhones that could always fall into the wrong hands, Apple’s supporters in its FBI deadlock also argued there was probably nothing relevant on Syed Farook’s handheld.
Nothing about a supposed third San Bernardino assailant, nothing about other planned attacks or living terrorists affiliated with the two killed on December 2, 2015. And now, CBS News claims to have heard from a “law enforcement source” who basically confirms the theory to the letter.
According to this, while the FBI “continues to analyze the information on the cellphone seized in the investigation”, so far “nothing of real significance has been found.” It sounds to us like nothing important will ever be discovered, because there’s nothing to discover.
Farook may have never stored valuable data on the government-owned iPhone 5c, and even if he did, he likely wiped out any trace of it prior to slaughtering 14 innocent people and seriously injuring an additional 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.
Much ado about nothing then? Well, not exactly, since you should be aware by now the security vs terrorism controversy of the past few months was about way more than a single device, which did or did not hold pertinent information for a seemingly clear-cut investigation.
It was an FBI power play to gain easy access into any number of phones it desired, which ultimately failed, but can hardly be considered an Apple win when the hacking method employed here remains a secret.
Source: CBS News