April 7, 2016
The means bought from a 3rd party and used for accessing the iPhone that used to belong to one of the shooters from San Bernardino is only valid for “narrow slice” of devices.
Speaking to a group at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, Comey said the government is considering whether to share with Apple how officials were able to access an iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook.
“We’re having discussions within the government about, ‘OK, so should we tell Apple what the flaw is that was found?'” he said. “That is an interesting conversation because if we tell Apple, then they’re going to fix it and we’re back where we started from.”
Federal officials announced last month they successfully cracked into an iPhone used by Farook and no longer needed Apple’s help in unlocking the device. The Department of Justice and Comey have said all along that the solution they sought in breaking into Farook’s phone would only work on this one phone — the 5c running iOS 9.