The FBI sent Ars a statement late Saturday further clarifying its role in resetting the iCloud password on the seized iPhone 5C central to the San Bernardino terrorism investigation.
Earlier in the day a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Health Department confirmed to Ars that his agency changed the iPhone’s associated iCloud password at the request of the FBI. That action had the unintended effect of making any further iCloud backup attempts impossible, likely frustrating the terror probe. The San Bernardino County Health Department, which owns the phone, was shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s employer.
However, the Saturday evening statement, written by FBI Los Angeles Field Office spokeswoman Laura Eimiller, also claimed that "we know that direct data extraction from an iOS device often provides more data than an iCloud backup contains." She did not respond to further questions by phone and e-mail.