Just when you thought the federal government couldn't spy on you any more, you find out it can. That's becoming uncomfortably clear as the Justice Department abruptly ends its legal battle against Apple over a dead terrorist's encrypted iPhone.
Briefly, the FBI couldn't get past Apple's impossible-to-crack encryption, which scrambles your personal information behind a password. The feds had been trying to force Apple to write software so they wouldn't wipe out the iPhone contents by guessing too many wrong passwords.
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Now, it turns out, the government is able to get past Apple's encryption. Apple CEO Tim Cook says he'll demand to know that happened. But there's a much bigger story here: How did the feds do it?