“The government asked a judge to delay deciding whether Apple must build an iPhone backdoor while the FBI tests its own backdoor.
But in a surprising move yesterday, the DOJ filed a motion to delay the court hearing until 5 April, in order to give the FBI more time to test a newly discovered method for unlocking the iPhone.
In the DOJ’s motion, the government said that an unnamed third party came forward on Sunday (20 March) to demonstrate for the FBI a “possible method” for unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, who was killed in a gun fight with police after the attack.
Farook’s passcode-protected iPhone has iOS 9, which includes a security feature that erases all data on the device after 10 failed pass code guesses.
However, if the method revealed to the FBI can get around the pass code protection in iOS 9 without erasing the iPhone’s data, it would “eliminate the need for assistance from Apple,” “
Thanks to Naked Security by Sophos