A Boston magistrate judge said Apple should provide reasonable assistance to the government, which could include extracting data from the device, copying it to a hard drive, and then giving the drive to law enforcement officers.
The court ruling was made February 1, but was unsealed to the public Friday.
The case is similar to one linked to the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting in December in which 14 people were killed. The government has dropped its legal action against Apple in that case, after announcing that it figured out how to unlock the iPhone used by the gunmen in the mass shooting. Government officials said, however, that the encryption workaround they discovered only works for one particular phone and operating system. READ MORE