Apple Served Warrant To Unlock Texas Shooter's IPhone

Andrew Cummings
November 21, 2017

The San Antonio Express-News has learned that Texas Rangers served Apple warrants for data on both the perpetrator's iPhone SE and a basic LG cellphone.

The shooter reportedly opened fire on the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on 5 November, killing 26 people and injuring 20.

The best insight into Kelley's motive surely went with him to the grave after he took his own life following the shooting-investigators found his body with what they believe to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound, lying outside the driver's side door of his Ford Expedition, with his white iPhone SE sitting on the car's front floorboard.

IT Pro has approached Apple for comment regarding the latest reports that it has now been served with warrants for the data. This reportedly made it harder to unlock the phone as, had the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted Apple straight away, agents would have been informed the device could still potentially have been unlocked using Kelley's fingerprint.

The FBI's statements about decrypting Kelley's iPhone have ignited speculation that another showdown between Apple and the FBI over encryption is in the works. The company had refused the agency's request to help it unlock the phones of the attacker despite a court order. "I can assure you that we are working very hard to get into the phone".

Unlike in the San Bernardino case in 2015, this time Apple offered to cooperate with authorities shortly after the press conference, but nobody has reached out to Apple regarding the matter since the warrant was issued.

Last year, Apple (aapl) refused to comply with a court order in which the Justice Department sought help from the tech giant to unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters involved with the December 2015 San Bernardino, Calif. terrorist shooting. But Apple told TechCrunch on Sunday that the company had not yet heard from any law enforcement agencies asking for help accessing Kelley's phone. The FBI tried to force Apple to create software that would unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

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