In February, the FBI fought the encryption on an iPhone 5C that once belonged to the San Bernardino shooter. A legal battle ensued wherein the FBI attempted to force Apple into bypassing the iPhone’s lockscreen. As Wired points out, the FBI promised the ordeal was a singular event; the agency promised subsequent cases would not be handled this way.
Eight months have passed since the aforementioned event.
Now, at a press conference in Minnesota, FBI’s Rich Thorton revealed the FBI has possession of another encrypted iPhone from a high profile case. The phone was pulled from Dahir Adan after he stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall. Thorton said the FBI is still in the process of trying to get past the phone’s encryption to access the contents within.
“Dahir Adan’s iPhone is locked,” Thornton said, “We are in the process of assessing our legal and technical options to gain access to this device and the data it may contain.”
In the San Bernardino case, a day before an FBI court hearing, the DoJ asked the court to delay the hearing. The FBI had learned to get access