(NEW YORK) — The Department of Justice is seeking to delay its court battle against Apple after it says it may have discovered a new way to unlock the iPhone belonging to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Farook, according to officials and documents.
The DOJ said that on March 20, “an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone,” according to an affidavit attached to the government’s application for a continuance.
“Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone,” the documents say. “If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”
The government has asked Apple to write a special piece of software that would allow investigators to unlock Farook’s phone.
Apple did not immediately comment.
This is a developing story.
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