FBI Unsure Whether It Can Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Murder Case
An Arkansas prosecutor suggested this week that FBI agents would help hack into a locked iPhone and iPod of two teenagers accused of killing a couple.
The FBI responded that it’s unsure it can crack the devices, backing away from the prosecutor’s statements, ABC News reports.
While the FBI said it’s not ruling out the possibility, the bureau said it hasn’t learned enough about the devices to know definitively whether it can help.
At issue is whether the FBI can use the technique it employed to access a locked iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.
“At the time of the request, no information was provided regarding the device models or operating systems, so FBI Little Rock was not able to state if they would be able to provide assistance. The FBI does not currently have possession of the devices,” the agency wrote. “The FBI’s handling of this request is not related to the San Bernardino matter.”
The FBI has not divulged how it opened the San Bernardino phone.
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