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Old 21 February 2016, 07:36 AM
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Cell Phone FBI told San Bernardino County staff to tamper with gunman's Apple account
The San Bernardino County government on Friday night said the FBI told its staff to tamper with the Apple account of Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December shooting in which 14 people were killed.

The development matters because the change made to the account a reset of Farook's iCloud password made it impossible to see if there was another way to get access to data on the shooter's iPhone without taking Apple to court.
Incredible. Many here (including me) have said "don't read the comments." However, I really liked this one:
This could have all been avoided it the County, who gave Farook the phone, would have used proper administrative password management. Then they, and not the dead terrorist, would be in control of the device password.
Bingo! There are dozens and dozens of Mobile Device Management (MDM) software packages that would have prevented this fiasco. Unfortunately, it looks like Farook's department did not require it:
The legal showdown over U.S. demands that Apple Inc unlock an iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook might have been avoided if his employer, which owns the device, had equipped it with special mobile phone software it issues to many workers.

San Bernardino County, which employed Farook as an environmental health inspector, requires some, but not all, of its workers to install mobile-device management software made by Silicon Valley-based MobileIron Inc on government-issued phones, according to county spokesman David Wert.

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"If that particular iPhone was using MobileIron, the county's IT department could unlock it," MobileIron Vice President Ojas Rege told Reuters.

The problem is that the MobileIron software was not installed on Farook's phone because his department did not use it. "The app was not installed on that device," Wert said.
Originally Posted by Errata View Post
I think the dangerous precedent is the point, and the remote chance of useful data is the justification. They'd like this tool for other cases.
Thanks. Very nicely put.

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