World Briefs: Forensic firm 'helping FBI unlock iPhone'

Forensic firm 'helping FBI unlock iPhone'

TEL AVIV • Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation's attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported yesterday.

If Cellebrite - a subsidiary of Japan's Sun Corp - succeeds, the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple, the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources. Cellebrite officials declined to comment on the matter.

Apple is engaged in a legal battle with the US Justice Department over a judge's order that it write new software to disable passcode protection on the iPhone used by the shooter.


Kerry to hold talks with Putin on Syria

MOSCOW • United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow yesterday seeking answers from President Vladimir Putin on how Russia views a political transition unfolding in Syria, in particular the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.

Now that a fragile truce in Syria is in place and warring sides have begun peace talks in Geneva, Mr Kerry wants to "get down to brass tacks" on the question of Mr Assad, a State Department official said before the meeting at the Kremlin today.

The meeting was arranged after Mr Putin's surprise announcement last week that he was partially withdrawing Russian forces from Syria.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe