FBI officials have yet to be able to unlock one of the password-protected iPhones owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the author of the December shooting at Pensacola Air Force Base, Florida .
FBI director Christopher Wray said yesterday that the agency was currently busy talking to Apple hoping to get more help trying to access data from this iPhone .
Several times, the FBI and the United States federal prosecutor have asked Apple to unlock this device. Only, the Cupertino company has always replied that it was not able to do so due to the encryption built into the device. President Trump also joined the request, more or less indirectly threatening Apple if it did not help the FBI unlock the terrorist's phone.
Apple has denied these requests, saying it is not possible to access data on a password-protected iPhone. To add that the investigators have already received all the information held by the company:
We were shocked to learn of the tragic terrorist attack on members of the United States military at Pensacola Air Force Base in Florida on December 6. We have the greatest respect for law enforcement and work regularly with the police to assist the investigation. When law enforcement requests our assistance, our teams work around the clock to provide the information we have.
We reject the accusation that Apple did not provide substantial assistance in the Pensacola investigations. Our responses to their numerous requests since the day of the attack have been timely, thorough and still ongoing.
We continue to work with the FBI and our engineering teams have recently received a call to provide additional technical assistance. Apple has great respect for the work of the Office of the Prosecutor and we will work tirelessly to help investigate this tragic attack on our nation.
We have always claimed that there was no door for the “good” only. Doors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the security of our customers' data. Today, law enforcement has more access to data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening the encryption and solving the investigations. We believe that encryption is vital to protect our country and the data of our users.
To date, the FBI has not yet had access to the data on this iPhone. However, in the past, the agency had managed to obtain this kind of information through third-party companies. There, the protection seems to be difficult to break.