The FBI has specific requests for Apple regarding the iPhone retrieved from one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The agency wants to access the information stored on the handset, but the phone is protected by a PIN code. A judge already ordered Apple to comply with the FBI's demand, but Apple is resisting, explaining in great detail why iPhone security and encryption is necessary.
However, since this is an iPhone 5c, it turns out that Apple does in fact have the technical capability to do what the FBI is asking.
The one thing that protects the iPhone in question is a simple PIN code that the FBI could try to hack using a brute force attack. However, there are hurdles that could prevent the attack from working, which is why the FBI needs Apple.
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