FBI successfully accessed content from two iPhones, used last December, in a massacre at Pensacola naval base in Florida, reports Bloomberg. The United States' justice minister is scheduled to speak today on the investigation.
The gunman, a member of the Saudi military while on training in the United States, killed three people and injured eight others. An act later described as terrorist. Based on information obtained by the FBI after successfully accessing the content of these phones, the Saudi cadet was in contact with a member of Al-Qaeda.
This soldier was in possession of an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 7. During his murderous gesture, he had placed one of the telephones on the ground to shoot a burst at it. The FBI had, however, managed to restart it. But like the other phone, in good condition this one, they were locked.
Asked by the authorities, Apple had opposed the same refusal to offer a workaround for its locking system, as in the case of San Bernardino. The Apple had limited itself to providing information available on the iCloud account of the soldier (read Pensacola: Apple opposes its arguments to the American Minister of Justice). This refusal to go beyond had provoked the anger, through a tweet, of Donald Trump.
The article by Bloomberg doesn't give any clues as to how the FBI went about breaking open the doors of these iPhones.
(Update) : William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States, confirmed that Apple had not been of any help in the efforts which led to the plumbing of the iPhones.
Chris Wray, the technical director of the FBI, said that only the efforts of his teams had led to this result. The agency has spoken with many third parties, but none of them have helped either. And to regret in passing that Apple has not been more cooperative in helping to reduce the time taken for this investigation, and to prevent accomplices from removing evidence.