Federal investigators worked with San Bernardino County technicians to reset the password for the Apple iCloud account associated with the iPhone issued to one of the shooters involved with the Dec. 2 attack at a county facility that left 14 people dead.
The FBI released a statement late Saturday refuting a federal official who had said the agency was unaware the password was reset until after it had occurred on the iCloud account associated to Syed Rizwan Farook‘s iPhone. The official had said Friday a county information technology employee executed the reset without being asked to do so by federal authorities.
“Since the iPhone 5C was locked when investigators seized it during the lawful search on December 3rd, a logical next step was to obtain access to iCloud backups for the phone in order to obtain evidence related to the investigation in the days following the attack,” said the FBI statement.
The FBI added it worked with county technicians to reset the iCloud password on December 6, which differed from court filings made by the Justice Department that said “the owner [San Bernardino County Department of Public Health], in an attempt to gain access to some information in the hours after the attack, was able to reset the password remotely, but that had the effect of eliminating the possibility of an auto-backup.”
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