Devin Patrick Kelley Phone: FBI Having Trouble Accessing Texas Church Shooter's Smartphone

Devin Patrick Kelley Phone: FBI Having Trouble Accessing Texas Church Shooter's Smartphone

Devin Patrick Kelley Phone: FBI Having Trouble Accessing Texas Church Shooter's Smartphone

If it receives a warrant or court order, Apple will give law enforcement authorities iCloud data, as well as the keys needed to decrypt it.

The gunman's phone was flown to an FBI computer investigation lab in Quantico, Virginia, in an effort to gain access to it, said Christopher Combs, the special agent in charge of the FBI's San Antonio division.

The FBI has criticized Apple for how difficult it is to obtain data from its devices when they are locked.

As a candidate, Donald Trump called on Americans to boycott Apple unless it helped the FBI hack into the phone, but he hasn't been as vocal as president. The timing may prove crucial if Kelley owned an iPhone with an enabled Touch ID; the sensors recognize the owners' fingerprints - dead or alive - if it was used within 48 hours of the last log-in.

"It highlights an issue that you've all heard about before, with the advance of the technology and the phones and the encryptions; law enforcement, whether that's at the state, local or federal level, is increasingly not able to get into these phones", said Combs.

The revelation came as investigators continued to scour the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where Kelley fired hundreds of rounds and left behind 15 empty 30-round ammunition magazines after his attack Sunday. "And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect". It also offered to expedite any requests from officials.

After reaching out to the FBI on Tuesday to see if it needed help unlocking Kelley's phone, an official with the agency responded stating the agency was not asking for any assistance.

"Our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone", Apple said in a statement.

On the other hand, patrons of privacy argue that such encryption keeps hackers and thieves at bay, and the government should look for some other way to access the information. Apple said Wednesday it had offered the FBI technical advice, even though the agency had not requested its assistance.

He said that law enforcement agencies were 'increasingly not able to get into these phone.

Cook argued in a letter to customers that creating software for a back door is far "too dangerous to create", and extremely counterproductive since it would inevitably allow bad actors access to people's data. The newest Apple phones are believed to be even tougher to crack, following a recent update included with this fall's iOS 11.

If there is little reason to think the gunman had accomplices, the Justice Department may have a less compelling argument to try to take Apple to court to force the company to open the phone. Just last year, the district attorney reported that 423 iPhone and iPads seized since October 2014 have been inaccessible to investigators because of default encryption.

While FBI Director Christopher A. Wray has warned that there are nearly 7,000 phones that cannot be opened and said that such technologies are making it harder to fight terrorism and crime, Congress has shown little interest in tackling the issue.

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