(Bloomberg) -- The FBI has come up with a strategy to get out of its messy court case with Apple over accessing a dead terrorist’s iPhone: bring in the hackers. Yet any new method the bureau uses to hack into iPhones may be short-lived -- it may be obligated to give Apple the details so the company can fix the security gap.

At the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s request, a magistrate judge canceled a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether Apple should be compelled to help the U.S. gain access to a locked iPhone used by an attacker who killed 14 people last year in San Bernardino, California. The bureau said it was approached on Sunday by an unidentified third party with a possible way to get into the phone without Apple’s help.

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