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    Apple has filed an appeal against a court order that demanded the US cellphone-maker help federal investigators hack into the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, US media reported Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The appeal against a California court order came shortly before the Wednesday midnight deadline, exactly two weeks after the ruling was issued, the Politico news website said.

    The tech company said it had to make the move out of an "abundance of caution" after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sought to have security on Rizwan Farook’s phone disabled to investigate it for potential Islamist contacts.

    On February 16, US District Court Magistrate Sheri Pym ordered Apple to help the FBI to break into Farook's phone despite Apple's resistance. Later, a New York court contradicted the ruling and denied a request from a New York prosecutor for access to a phone in a drug case.

    The FBI is investigating a December 2 shooting, in which US-born Farook and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik attacked the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. They killed 14 people and injured more than two dozen.

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