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Apple offered FBI help in Texas church shootingThe company says it reached out to the bureau, which was having trouble accessing data on the shooter's phone.
Apple says is offered help to the FBI regarding the recent Texas church shooting. On Saturday, November fifth a gunman opened fired at the First Baptist church in Southerlyn Springs, Texas. He killed twenty-six people and he injured twenty others. The gunman died later that day due to a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. On Tuesday, the FBI held a news conference, saying it had obtained the gunman's phone, and was sending it to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Virginia, because law enforcement located in Texas, could not unlock the phone. While the model of the phone was not disclosed, reports say it was an iPhone. A source tells Reuters, that neither the FBI, nor any state or local enforcement, attempted to contact Apple during a crucial 48 hour period. If the gunman's phone was an iPhone, and it was locked using Touch ID, the phone may have been unlocked using the gunman's fingerprints within 48 hours of the last time the person unlocked his phone. This also requires the phone was not restarted or powered off. If a fingerprint is not used to unlock the phone after a 48 hour window a passcode is used to unlock the phone. Apple issued a statement saying that our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone. We offered assistance and said we would expedite any legal process they send us. The FBI and Apple have had issues in the past when Apple refused to comply with a court order to decrypt the phone belonging to the shooter in the 2015 San Bernardino attack. For more coverage, check out cnet.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar.