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Federal Judge Orders Woman to Unlock iPhone with Finger

Posted by Steve Schram on May 03, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Originally published on May 1, 2016 on PC mag by David Murphy.

Every week, or at least every month, it seems as if there's some new court case winding its way through the system with a locked iPhone at its center. Previously, we've seen the FBI and the Justice Department ask various judges to compel Apple to assist it with unlocking the company's iPhones—presumably, giving it a means for bypassing the auto-delete feature that wipes the devices after 10 failed PIN attempts.

However, the FBI was recently obtaining a search warrant in a separate case, compelling a women to press her finger against an iPhone to unlock the device. She had just pled no contest to identity theft that day and the iPhone in question was hers, but it was previously seized from her boyfriend's house by authorities. The boyfriend, Sevak Mesrobian, is allegedly an Armenian gang member, and searching the device was part of an "ongoing probe," The Los Angeles Timesreported.

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