: Reuters: U.S. succeeds in cracking Apple's iPhone, drops legal action

09:41 Mar. 29, 2016

Reuters: U.S. succeeds in cracking Apple's iPhone, drops legal action

In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, a customer tries out a new Apple iPhone 6S at an Apple store in Chicago. (AP Photo)

FBI says it would not comment on the technical steps taken to access the phone's data

The U.S. 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.

"From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a back door into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent," Apple said in a statement late on Monday. "As a result of the government's dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought."

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