The FBI is testing a possible method to help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone on a number of different devices and operating systems before it tries the actual phone in question, law enforcement officials said Thursday. The solution, which officials said was brought to them by an outside party over the weekend, is aimed at replicating what the government had tried to force the phone’s maker, Apple, to do — write code to dismantle a security feature on the iPhone 5C that automatically erases data on the phone after 10 incorrect attempts to guess the numeric passcode. The bureau is testing the approach first on other devices to try to catch any errors that might inadvertently erase the data that investigators are trying to recover.
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