Live News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest Information: Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California.
**** Here’s the latest Information on the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California that happened on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015: ****
** As of 11:00pm PT on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016: **
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– A United States Magistrate Judge has ordered Apple Inc. to help the United States of America President Barack Obama Administration hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, the shooter in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, in a first-of-its-kind ruling that pits digital privacy against national security interests.
The ruling on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, a former federal prosecutor, requires Apple to supply highly specialized software the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) can load onto Syed Farook’s work iPhone to bypass a self-destruct feature, which erases the phone’s data after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.
The decision gives the United States Justice Department a significant victory in an entrenched technology policy battle, as more-powerful encryption services threaten the ability of federal agents to uncover important evidence in criminal or terrorism cases.
The United States of America President Barack Obama Administration, which has embraced stronger encryption as a way to keep consumers safe on the Internet, had struggled to find a compelling example to make its case.
Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at a holiday luncheon for Syed Farook’s co-workers at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.
The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California was the deadliest terrorist attack on United States of America soil since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.
Later, the couple, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, died in a gun battle with law enforcement.
Federal prosecutors told the judge in a court application Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 that they can’t access a work phone used by Syed Farook because they don’t know his passcode and Apple has not cooperated.
Under United States’ law, a work phone is generally the property of a person’s employer.
United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym told Apple to provide an estimate of its cost to comply with her order, suggesting that the government will be expected to pay for the work.
The Apple company, based in Cupertino, California, has provided default encryption on its iPhones since 2014, allowing any device’s contents to be accessed only by the user who knows the phone’s passcode.
The order requires that the software Apple provides be programmed to work only on Syed Farook’s work phone, but it was not clear how readily that safeguard could be circumvented.
The order said Apple has 5 days to notify the court if it believes the ruling is unreasonably burdensome.
It also was not immediately clear what investigators believe they might find on Syed Farook’s work phone or why the information would not be available from third-party service providers, such as Google or Facebook, though investigators think the device may hold clues about whom the couple communicated with and where they may have traveled.
The couple took pains to physically destroy two personally owned cell phones, crushing them beyond the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.)’s ability to recover information from them.
They also removed a hard drive from their computer; it has not been found despite investigators diving for days for potential electronic evidence in a nearby lake in San Bernardino, California.
Syed Farook was not carrying his work iPhone during the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California and was discovered after a subsequent search.
It was not known whether Syed Farook forgot about the iPhone or did not care whether investigators found it.
Syed Farook’s work phone was running the newest version of Apple’s iPhone operating system, which requires a passcode and cannot be accessed by Apple, unlike earlier operating systems or older phone models.
The County of San Bernardino provided Syed Farook with an iPhone configured to erase data after 10 consecutive unsuccessful unlocking attempts.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) have said that feature appeared to be active on Syed Farook’s iPhone as of the last time he performed a backup.
Investigators are still working to piece together a missing 18 minutes in the couple’s timeline from the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
Investigators have concluded they were at least partly inspired by the Islamic State group; Tashfeen Malik’s Facebook page included a note pledging allegiance to the group’s leader around the time of the terrorist attack on San Bernardino, California.
Last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Director James Comey told members of United States Congress that investigators in the case had been unable to access a phone in the California case but provided no details.
“It is a big problem for law enforcement armed with a search warrant when you find a device that can’t be opened even when a judge says there’s probable cause to open it. It affects our counterterrorism work. San Bernardino, a very important investigation to us, we still have one of those killers’ phones that we have not been able to open, and it’s been over two months and we’re still working on it,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Director James Comey.
– If you would like to help the families of the victims of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, here’s how you can help:
Online fundraisers have been established to help support the victims of the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has partnered with United Way to help raise money for the victims’ families.
Compose a text to 71777 and send “SBUNITED” as the message.
** You can make a donation at the following United Way website address: **
San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood wants the public to know that you can mail a checks made out to “SBUNITED” at the following mailing address: **
Arrowhead United Way
646 North D Street
San Bernardino, California, 92401
A GoFundMe account with a goal of $100,000 has also been created by San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis.
** You can make a donation at the following GoFundMe website address: **
– The support for the people of San Bernardino, California continues to grow over social media using the hashtag #SBStrong and taking a picture of themselves holding a #SBStrong sign.
– In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, authorities throughout southern region of California have been on high alert responding to suspicious package and bomb threat calls.
**** Tips on what to do if you see a “Suspicious Package”: **
– Things to look for with suspicious packages:
No return address
Oily stains or discolorations
Protruding wires or tinfoil
– Questions to ask yourself:
Is the package vibrating or beeping?
Does the package have a strange smell?
Is the package located in a place where it shouldn’t be?
Raise awareness if the package is dropped off in front of the following places: police station, Department of Motor Vehicles, courthouse, city council member’s house, mosque, church, and synagogue.
According to Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad Detective Paul Robi, “Trust your judgment. If it’s strange or weird to you, guess what — it’s weird to me too.”
– What to do:
Don’t touch it, don’t move it – just get away from it and notify the authorities.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) has information on what to do if a package is located.
** More information can be found at the following Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) website address: **
** More contact information for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) can be found at the following Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) website address: **
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**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting attack in San Bernardino, California. May we stand united together with the people of San Bernardino, California and be there to help the victims and their families. May we all not allow evil to take down our communities and may we not allow evil to divide us. Stay Strong and United San Bernardino, California. ****
**** Stay Strong and United San Bernardino, California. #SBStrong ****
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