FBI may have found a way into terrorist’s iPhone, asks to cancel court showdown with Apple

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From left, Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, killed 14 people in a Dec. 2 shooting at a holiday luncheon for Farook's co-workers in San Bernardino, Calif.. The couple later died in a police gun battle.

NEW YORK  — On the eve of a court showdown with Apple, the Department of Justice wants to cancel the hearing, saying it may have found a way into the iPhone of Syed Farook, the gunman in the San Bernardino shooting.

The DOJ has been pressuring Apple for help in gaining access to Farook’s iPhone.

But in a court filing on Monday, the DOJ said it may no longer need Apple.

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc.”