FBI Can’t Figure Out How to Unlock Encrypted Phone in San Bernardino Mass Shooting Probe

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Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook were photographed at O'Hare Airport in July 2014. (Credit: Chicago O'Hare Airport via CNN Wire)

FBI technicians have been unable to unlock encrypted data on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, the FBI director said Tuesday.

The failure, the second such case in recent months, has left investigators in the dark about at least some of the married couple’s communications before they were killed in a shootout with police.

“We still have one of those killers’ phones that we haven’t been able to open,” FBI Director James B. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “It has been two months now and we are still working on it.”

FBI investigators have struggled to retrace the movements and plans of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, before and after they attacked a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.

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