FBI says it may have found a way to crack shooter's iPhone

Government lawyers have asked to postpone a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday

The FBI says it may have discovered a way to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, and the agency has asked a judge to postpone a court hearing in the matter that was scheduled for Tuesday.

"On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone," lawyers for the government said in a court filing Monday afternoon, referring to the shooter, Syed Farook.

"Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case," the government lawyers wrote.

The court filing doesn't describe the proposed method for breaking into the phone, but the government says it's been receiving suggestions from various outside parties.

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