As the government continues to exert pressure on Apple to decrypt the information held on the iPhone of one of the Muslim terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shootings, a new twist has developed. While the government has held the suspect’s iPhone, the password of the iCloud account has been changed.
ABC News is reporting that the password of Syed Farook’s iCloud account “was reset hours after authorities took possession of the device.”
The Justice Department acknowledged in its court filing that the password of Syed Farook’s iCloud account had been reset. The filing states, “the owner [San Bernardino County Department of Public Health], in an attempt to gain access to some information in the hours after the attack, was able to reset the password remotely, but that had the effect of eliminating the possibility of an auto-backup.”
Apple could have recovered information from the iPhone had the iCloud password not been reset, the company said. If the phone was taken to a location where it recognized the Wi-Fi network, such as the San Bernardino shooters’ home, it could have been backed up to the cloud, Apple suggested.
Apple continues to hold firm on it’s unwillingness to unlock Farook’s iPhone. Where do you stand? Privacy or security? That’s the question.