How did the FBI hack an Apple iPhone? The story so far

It begins with a tragedy...

The FBI's battle with Apple over phone encryption is a high-stakes one. Here's how we got where we are.

It begins with a tragedy: On December 2, 2015 at 10:59 a.m., married extremists Syed Rizwan Farook (inset) and Tashfeen Malik opened fire on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

The act, quickly classified as a terrorist attack, claimed the lives of 14 people and seriously injured 22 others.

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By Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a Los Angeles-based writer for CBS Interactive covering technology, tech lifestyle and gaming topics for GameSpot, CNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic. He has previously worked as a news and feature writer for a number of other sites, inclu...