SAN FRANCISCO — In the month since it became public knowledge that the FBI was locked out of an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, the bureau has been flooded with offers from people who said they could get into the encrypted phone, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday.
Now the agency is getting help from one of these unnamed hackers, presenting this tantalizing mystery within the code-cracking community: Which approach seemed promising enough for the U.S. government to postpone its planned court face-off against Apple?
One method that’s got a lot of notice involves creating a digital copy of the phone’s chips.
“The most likely one to my mind is something that was originally suggested by Daniel Kahn Gillmor,” a technology fellow with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist with the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit focused on digital civil liberties
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