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The FBI does not have access to the cell phone of the Texas killer


Law enforcement and technological agencies have often faced the issue of encrypted information.

The FBI is once again having trouble accessing an assassin’s smartphone.

An agency official told a news conference this week that the FBI cannot access the telephone number of Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 people and wounded 20 others at a Texas church on Sunday.

The phone is encrypted, which means that internal information cannot be read without an access code. The FBI did not say what type of phone the shooter used.

“With the advance of technology, telephones and encryption, law enforcement, whether at the state, local or federal level, cannot access these phones,” said Christopher Combs, special agent of the FBI in charge of the investigation.

The situation echoes the investigation into an assassin who attacked an office in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015. In that case, the US Department of Justice He requested a court order to force Apple to write software that would unlock the shooter’s iPhone C without requiring an access code. The Justice Department dropped the case after a contractor found a way to unlock the phone without Apple’s help.

Combs said he would not tell reporters what kind of smartphone the Texas killer had. “I do not want to tell all the bad guys what kind of phone to buy to harass our efforts in trying to find justice here,” he said.

The FBI refused to comment more.

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