Mar 21, 2016 9:33 PM

FBI may have help getting in to California shooter's iPhone

A hearing planned for Tuesday regarding the FBI's request to have Apple, Inc., help unlock an Iphone belonging to a California shooting suspect has been canceled after a "third party" has presented a way to access data on the locked phone.

Several news reports Monday night say magistrate judge Sheri Pym granted the federal government's request to delay the planned hearing after a court filing late Monday.

The phone belonged to Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California.The two were killed in a shootout with police after the couple's attack.

The third party that has demonstrated how the phone can be unlocked has not been named. Authorities say they will need time to determine whether the technique is a viable one.

A heated and public discussion has developed over the propriety of asking Apple to create a "back door" into the phone, and the possibility that all devices would be compromised.

NH1 News will continue to follow the story as it develops.

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