US succeeds in cracking Apple’s iPhone, drops legal action

US succeeds in cracking Apple's iPhone, drops legal action

SAN FRANCISCO: The US Justice Department said on Monday it had succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and dropped its legal case against Apple, ending a high-stakes legal battle but leaving the broader struggle over encryption unresolved. The abrupt end to a confrontation that had transfixed the tech industry was a victory for Apple, which vehemently opposed a court order obtained by the Justice Department that would have required it to write new software to get into the iPhone. Related: Apple refuses to…

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