FBI officials have managed to unlock at least one of two password-protected iPhones owned by Mohamed Said Alshamrani in some way, according tomedia. While Apple is willing to provide the agency with iCloud data belonging to Alshamlani, the company has refused to assist investigators in gaining access to the iPhone.
Apple said in a statement earlier this year that while they were shocked by the tragic terrorist attack at the Naval Air Station, setting up a back door in the iOS system would pose a threat to national security.
Alshamrani is understood to own an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 5.
Apple faced a similar situation in 2016, when a U.S. federal judge ordered the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California. Apple opposes the order and says it would set a “dangerous precedent.” In that case, the FBI later found a way to access the iPhone, though it never publicly disclosed it.