U.S. Attorney General William Barr today asked Apple to unlock the iPhone used in last month’s mass shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, the New York Times reported. Last week it was reported that the FBI had written to Apple asking the company to help unlock two iPhones used by gunman Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
Apple is understood to have provided law enforcement with information about Alshamrani’s iCloud account, but both iPhones are password protected (one of which was also damaged in the shooting) and Apple has been strongly opposed to providing permission to unlock the iPhone in the past.
In response, Apple said last week that it had provided the FBI with all the information it had.
“We have a lot of respect for law enforcement and have been cooperative and assisting them in their investigations.” A month ago, the FBI asked us to provide information about this case, we provided them with all the data we had, and we will continue to use existing data to support them. “
But law enforcement officials say they need to access the iPhone to check messages from encrypted apps such as Signal or WhatsApp to find out if Alshamrani has discussed his plans or has been helped above.