FBI To Offer Technical Assistance With IPhone Investigations
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is widening their help to local law enforcement officials across the country by offering “technical assistance”.
According to Buzzfeed, the FBI has issued an advisory stating “we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.” The Bureau has already assisted an Arkansas prosecutor on Thursday.
The FBI confirmed that it sent out a memo this Friday detailing its interest in helping out.
In the memo, the FBI notes that a number of other parties contacted the FBI during its recent squabble with Apple over the encryption mechanisms protecting the San Bernardino shooters’ iPhone. These parties offered a variety of suggestions to the FBI as to how they might be able to bypass Apple’s encryption or otherwise brute-force their way into said shooters’ iPhone without triggering the device’s “10 bad attempts and it’s wiped” security mechanism. One such method, which the FBI doesn’t detail in the memo, was presented in mid-March and ultimately proved to be the one that allowed the FBI to get into the device (and drop its lawsuit against Apple).
“We know that the absence of lawful, critical investigative tools due to the ‘Going Dark’ problem is a substantial state and local law enforcement challenge that you face daily. As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners. Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints. You have our commitment that we will maintain an open dialogue with you. We are in this together,” reads the FBI’s memo.