DOJ delays Apple fight after outside party offers help cracking iPhone

DOJ delays Apple fight after outside party offers help cracking iPhone

Last minute filing could delay encryption standoff

In an iPhone encryption case that has pitted Apple against the FBI, the White House, and every major presidential candidate, there is at least one more last-minute twist: In a motion filed tonight, Department of Justice lawyers said that an "outside party" has approached the agency with what it claims is a method of unlocking the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters — without Apple's help.

The Department of Justice asked asked that the hearing, originally scheduled for Tuesday, be delayed, indicating that it would update the court on the progress of unlocking the phone by April 5.

It is unknown what method is being used to unlock the phone, nor which party approached the FBI. At a product unveiling Monday, Apple chief executive Tim Cook stood firm in the company's position, telling the audience, “This is an issue that impacts all of us and we will not shrink from this responsibility."

 

Ex Parte Application for Continuance by MotherboardTV

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