Carnegie Mellon University help crack iPhone for government agency


The FBI reportedly collaborated with a prominent university to unlock an iPhone connected to a terrorism case.


researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Software Engineering Institute (SEI) discovered an iPhone vulnerability that a government agency used in a high profile terrorism case, a source told Motherboard. It is not clear which terrorism case this referred to, nor how useful the iPhone vulnerability proved in the case.

It's not known if this is the iPhone from last year's high-profile San Bernardino shooter case. The FBI pressured Apple to create and install a backdoor into the phone, but the FBI found an alternative means of unlocking the device. It's still publicly unknown how the FBI bypassed the device's security.