Another important chapter of the novel Apple vs. FBI unfolded today: the Department of Justice (Department of Justice, or DoJ) American asked the court to postpone this Tuesday's hearing (3/22) regarding the San Bernardino iPhone. The hearing would be held to support Apple's refusal to unlock the iPhone 5c used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack and to hear arguments from both parties. Apparently, the FBI will use another alternative to unlock the device.
The document filed by the DoJ suggests that the FBI has already found another method to perform such an unlock:
On Sunday, March 20, 2016, a third party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method to unlock (Syed) Farook's iPhone. Tests are still needed to determine whether the method is workable and whether it will compromise the information on the iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for help from Apple Inc (* Apple *), based on All Writs Act.
Since the December 2 attacks last year, the FBI has announced that it has been researching several ways to unlock the device. According to the agency, several parties have already contacted each other pointing out suggestions for unlocking.
It is worth mentioning that this is definitely not the end of the story. It is still necessary to know if the FBI will really be able to unlock the device and, even if it does, the issue of privacy and security is already one of the main international guidelines related to technology and is far from over.
A judge has already accepted the DoJ's request (without objection from Apple), so no hearing will be held tomorrow. The government is due to give feedback on the case now only on April 5.
Update · 3/21/2016 s 22:26
In addition to canceling the hearing, the government suspended the case indefinitely. It is worth mentioning that, if Apple is no longer the only one with the ability to help the FBI, the whole case does not make more sense because it is based entirely on this assumption.
At the moment, Apple has no details on the alternative that came to the FBI, and of course it must be curious to know what vulnerability will be exploited if there really is one.