San Bernardino’s Police Chief Says it’s Likely ‘There is Nothing of Any Value’ on Shooter’s iPhone

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The work-issued iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack likely has “nothing of any value” saved on it, the police chief of the town has admitted in a new interview, though he still believes Apple should help the FBI crack into the encrypted handset.

In an interview with NPR on Friday, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said:

“I’ll be honest with you, I think that there is a reasonably good chance that there is nothing of any value on the phone. What we are hoping might be on the phone would be potential contacts that we would obviously want to talk to.”

Burguan admitted he owns an iPhone and an iPad, and considers himself a “fan” of Apple products. But he also said law enforcement has an obligation to “leave no stone unturned” in their investigation of the attack, and not making an effort would be unfair to the victims and their families.

It’s also possible, though he admitted it’s unlikely, that the iPhone 5c in question could have details on a larger terrorist network or potential plots for future attacks.

A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered Apple to comply with FBI requests to help extract data owned by one of the shooters involved in the December terrorist attack. Apple says it can’t do that without creating a backdoor to its secure iOS platform, which is something the company is unwilling to do.

[via Tech Insider]

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  • runner

    Probably true considering they most likely already have phone, text, internet, email and financial records through other channels.

  • Tim

    they want the pictures of his ‘San Bernardino shooter”

  • BigCat

    This is exactly what some believe to be the real challenge. Agencies like CIA & NSA need the bad guys (the really bad guys) to keep using their smartphone without the fear they will be compromised. Counterintelligence is usually 5-10 years ahead of the general public. Although, Snowden as well as a couple others did upset that balance to a degree.

    For Counterintelligence the smartphone is the greatest thing that ever happened to their craft. It has a microphone, camera, tracking system, personal information, and in some cases your finger print.

    The Government does not need or want Apples help to get into a phone. They need Apple to win this very public fight.