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Apple denies criticism from the Justice Department for unlocking iPhones from Pensacola shooters

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Apple questioned the statement of Attorney General William Barr that the company has not helped federal investigators unlock two iPhones used by the Saudi shooter who killed three people at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, last month.

Barr made the statement on Monday as He announced that the shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station was an "act of terrorism."

In a statement issued Monday night, Apple said it began helping investigators "within hours of the first FBI request" on December 6, the day the Saudi pilot, second lieutenant Mohammed Alshamrani, shot against the service members at the base.

"The FBI only notified us on January 6 that they needed additional assistance, one month after the attack," Apple said. "Only then did we find out about the existence of a second iPhone associated with the investigation and the FBI's inability to access any of the iPhone."

Barr's comments, and Apple's prolonged rebuttal, rekindled a long-standing dispute between the company and law enforcement for decrypting passwords encrypted on the suspects' iPhone, which has implications for consumer privacy.

DOJ investigation:Shooting at the base of the Pensacola Navy was & # 39; act of terrorism & # 39 ;, says the attorney general

Barr: & # 39; Apple has not provided us with any substantive assistance & # 39;

During a press conference on Monday, Barr said investigators recovered two iPhones badly damaged by the dead shooter. It is believed that the gunman shot one of them in an effort to render it unusable.

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