Apple execs say county officials reset San Bernardino suspect’s iCloud password

County officials changed the Apple ID password in the crucial days after the attack, senior Apple executives said today on a call with reporters. Had the Apple ID not changed, executives said, the data on the phone could potentially have been retrieved through the iPhone’s auto-backup feature, which would have transmitted the data to the county-controlled iCloud system. Still, it’s unclear whether such a tactic would have worked if the password had not been reset. Farook’s phone had not backed up to iCloud since October, although it’s unclear what caused the backups to discontinue.

Apple executives also said they provided FBI investigators with four separate options for retrieving data from the account. Ultimately, the investigators…

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