The U.S. government has officially announced that it has gained access into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c and it is now issuing a proposed order to drop the legal charges an end to a high-stakes legal battle.
The judge in the case has not officially ordered that the case to be vacated, but that is undoubtedly what will happen soon.
The Department of Justice stated in documents filed on Monday in California as it withdrew its demand to force Apple access the phone’s security, “The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on [Syed Rizwan] Farook’s iPhone, and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple.”
Meanwhile, the FBI has gotten the short term win of getting into the phone, but the federal agency remains anxious on obtaining a repeatable way to get into iPhones, as FBI director James Comey explained in a congressional hearing a few weeks ago.
The FBI said it had exhausted all options to unlock the phone but ultimately got the phone open in a short span of time doesn’t make the bureau look very good.