Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared to compare his own experience of forgetting his iPhone password to the FBI’s request for Apple to unlock the iPhone used by the gunman, according to foreign media CNET.
Giuliani, who was appointed as U.S. President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity adviser in 2017, tweeted in response to a report by NBC News early Thursday that he had asked Apple Genius to help unlock the phone because he had mistakenly entered his password 10 times. Last week, he also called an NBC News reporter and accidentally left a message in the language mailbox.
“Hey, nbcNews, the last time I checked with the FBI, last year they had to ask Apple to unlock the iPhone!” He tweeted on Thursday. He added: “We’re all human, maybe not tonight…” he said with a pumpkin emoji for Halloween.
Foreign media believe he may be referring to the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead. The suspect’s iPhone has since become at the center of a legal battle between the government and Apple. The U.S. government had hoped Apple would make software that would unlock the phone, but Apple refused.
The Justice Department said in March 2016 that it would eventually help unlock the iPhone 5C through external assistance. The FBI released a 100-page document in January 2017 detailing how it hacked into smartphones, but most of the reports have been edited.
According to NBC News on Thursday, the Apple Genius incident involving Giuliani occurred in San Francisco in February 2017.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.