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San Bernardino victims to support FBI in iPhone encryption fight

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By SisiBroad | February 22, 2016 8:24 am

Some victims of the San Bernardino attack will file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government’s attempt to force Apple Inc to unlock the encrypted iPhone

FBI and Justice Department officials are seeking information potentially stored on Farook’s iPhone 5c, but the device is protected by a passcode. Officials were able to recover iCloud backups saved on Apple’s servers, though the most recent data dates back to October 19.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook

A lawyer representing the victims told Reuters that his clients have a special interest in seeing Syed Ryzwan Farook’s iPhone 5c unlocked and its data analyzed.

“They were targeted by terrorists, and they need to know why, how this could happen,” said Stephen Larson, who served as a federal judge before going private.

Stephen Larson, a former federal judge who is now in private practice, said the victims he represents have an interest in the information that goes beyond the Justice Department’s criminal investigation.

“They were targeted by terrorists, and they need to know why, how this could happen,” he said.

The Justice Department won an order in a Riverside, California federal court on Tuesday against Apple, without the company present in court. Apple is scheduled to file its first legal arguments on Friday, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, who served as a federal prosecutor before being appointed to the bench, has set a hearing on the issue for next month.

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