San Bernardino County's top prosecutor broached the possibility that those who carried out the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11 may have planned a cyber attack against the county's computer network, in a court filing supporting the FBI's bid to compel Apple to unlock a smart phone.
Ramos' argument in support of the government's stance in the ongoing iPhone encryption fight with tech giant Apple is evidently based on the fact that the investigators are suspecting the involvement of a third attacker - other than Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik - in the San Bernardino shootings.
In an interview with NPR last week, San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan also said "there is a reasonably good chance that there is nothing of any value on the phone".
'There are many ways to investigate whether or not these killers had accomplices besides forcing Apple to create software to undermine the security features of their own phones, ' he said in a statement. We've never used these terms in computer science.
These companies that are backing Apple agree with the iPhone maker's main argument, which is that the All Writs Act can not be used to force companies to create a new technology, according to Reuters. They died hours later in a shootout with police.
When reached for comment by SiliconBeat, the San Bernardino County DA's office said it would have an update this afternoon.
"This was a county employee that murdered 14 people and injured 22", Ramos said. As FBI Director James Comey confirmed in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, there are other phones that the government would like Apple to unlock.
In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook cited in another court brief, Mark Sandefur - the father of one of the men killed in the terror attack - also cited reports of three attackers, saying the phone must be unlocked. Lt. Mike Madden, who was the first officer on the scene, said there was no evidence pointing to a third shooter, and a counterterrorism official involved in the investigation previously told ABC News that witnesses' brains can play tricks on them in high-stress situations. Sandefur wrote. "What if it leads to an unknown terrorist cell?"
We should expect that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and every other law enforcement agency would want to try every means necessary to prevent and investigate crime. The companies said they are "united in their view that the government's order to Apple exceeds the bounds of existing law and, when applied more broadly, will harm Americans' security in the long run". "Make no mistake: If the government succeeds in this case, it will seek many such decisions", they write.
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This, as evidenced by poll numbers, has not worked, and, last week, Florida Senator Marco Rubio chose to fight fire with fire. I guess loyalty is only a one-way street where you must be loyal to some group but they owe you nothing.