FBI Director: We’ve Been Unable to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s Phone

comeyThe head of the FBI informed the Senate Intelligence Committee today that the federal agency has been unable to unlock the cellphone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

According to Reuters, FBI Director James Comey lamented how much encryption is hurting law enforcement efforts to investigate serious matters like the shooting and others, citing drug trafficking and child porn.

He said this is a serious problem for local law enforcement and revealed of San Bernardino, “We still have one of those killer’s phones that we have not been able to open.”

The government has accessed other information from the shooters and Comey said in December there’s no evidence the shooters declared jihad on social media before the massacre.

Encryption has become a source of much frustration for law enforcement ever since Edward Snowden made it a national topic of conversation. One Chicago police official said two years ago that “Apple will become the phone of choice for the pedophile.”

[image via screengrab]

— —

Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:
  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. Law & Crime
  5. SportsGrid
  6. AmboTV
  7. Gossip Cop