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FBI battle update: It turns out there are a bunch of ways to hack iPhones

FBI battle update: It turns out there are a bunch of ways to hack iPhones
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The battle between Apple and the FBI is far from over. If you've been following the case, you know that it started when the FBI asked, and then ordered, Apple to bypass some of the security measures on an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

Apple is refusing on the grounds that doing so would potentially give the FBI and the U.S. government a back door into any citizen's iPhone. Tech companies and security experts are generally siding with Apple, while polls show that many Americans and terrorist victims are siding with the FBI.

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For weeks now, the FBI has insisted that it needed Apple's help with unlocking the San Bernardino terrorists' phone. That's no longer the case as we've learned that the FBI is getting help from a third party, and then some ... at least according to court transcripts. Justice Department attorney Tracy Wilkerson is quoted as saying, "There have been a lot of people who have reached out to us during this litigation with proposed alternate methods."

These alternatives are coming in droves, thanks to the wide range of interest in the case. The New York Times says, "While the government’s court filings have painted a picture of agents who had run through all possibilities in opening the device, it appears that since the case became public, they have been presented with more options than publicly indicated."

Nobody on the outside knows what the work-around is, but officials said the government will present its findings and update the world on its status by April 5, a little over a week from today, despite not being legally obligated to do so.

If the FBI and the third party still can't crack open the phone, the Justice Department could again ask Apple to help it break into the iPhone. If Apple still refuses, the issue will be back in court soon.

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