OIG Report Says FBI Was Quick to Sue Apple, Did Not Explore Other Options
Earlier this week, a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General said that the FBI had been to quick to threaten Apple with a lawsuit instead of exploring other options when it sought to compel the phone maker to unlock the iPhone used in the 2015 San Bernardino attack.
The FBI said that Apple refused to cooperate with their investigation and thus resorted to take legal action, which the Bureau did not pursue when a third-party came forward with a working solution to unlock the phone.
However, the OIG inquiry found that the FBI did not exhaust all available avenues at that time, such as asking their trusted vendors for a technical solution. Instead, it seemed that the CEAU chief tried to use the situation to draw a favorable ruling against Apple and was said to have been disappointed when a vendor offered assistance to unlock the shooter’s iPhone.