FBI Struggles to Crack Encryption of Cell Phones Used by San Bernardino Terrorists

cellphone-tower-photo2By Steve Neavling

The FBI is struggling to crack the encryption of cellphone codes used by the husband-and-wife terrorist team that opened fire at a San Bernardino holiday party, killing 14 people.

The Press Enterprise said investigators also are having trouble locating the couple’s missing computer hard drive.

The highly encrypted phones used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, have been too difficult to crack, said David Bowdich, FBI assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles office.

“As to those devices, obviously we’ve said from day one, the digital footprint is incredibly important for us to hopefully learn any contacts, any context, and ultimately any intent on their part,” Bowdich said. “I think that’s very, very important.”

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