DOJ may withdraw its legal action against Apple as early as today

The Department of Justice is expected to withdraw from its legal action against Apple, perhaps today, as an outside method to bypass the locking function of a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone has proved successful, reports USA Today.

The article, quoting an “official, who is not authorized to comment publicly,” said the method brought to the FBI earlier this month by an unidentified entity allows investigators to crack the security function without erasing contents of the iPhone used by Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December mass shooting that left 14 dead.

Last week the FBI filed a motion to delay a hearing in the San Bernardino iPhone case, claiming that an "outside party" may be able to help it break into the smartphone without Apple's help. This was an unexpected turn. Government lawyers had, to that point, insisted they needed Apple to write special software so that the FBI could bypass the security features on the iPhone being used by Farook and obtain information critical to their ongoing terrorism investigation.