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POSTED | 13:15 PM | 17-02-2016

Apple ordered to hack San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

An American judge ordered Apple on Tuesday (16 Feb 2016) to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the attackers in the San Bernardino shooting that killed 14 people, AFP reported on Wednesday.

US Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI, including by disabling an auto-erase feature after too many unsuccessful attempts are made to unlock the iPhone 5C.

Federal prosecutors had filed a motion requesting Apple’s help after the FBI failed to crack the phone’s code.

By disabling the security features, the FBI will now be able to attempt as many different password combinations as needed before gaining access.

The phone was the property of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which employed one of the shooters, Syed Farook.

The county agreed to the search of the phone.

Farook, a US citizen, and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik stormed a holiday work party in December and shot up their victims.

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Pym, the judge, ordered that Apple provide software that would only run on the device in question, or any other technological means to access its data.

The technology giant now has five days to comply with the order or seek relief if it determines that complying would be “unreasonably burdensome,” Pym said.

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