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Months after the FBI hacked into the iPhone by cracking Apple's encryption code, India's Delhi Police is trying to get the technology to unlock the company's devices.
Indian cops are also in touch with international companies to find ways to extract data from 8,400 other mobile phones manufactured by Blackberry and Chinese companies.
According to The Times of India, the police event hope to decrypt WhatsApp's end-to-end encrypted chats.
The news comes soon after the FBI used a new technique that it purchased from unnamed hackers to hack into an iPhone that was used by Syed Farook, the gunman in the San Bernadino attack in December 2015.
The announcement ended a long court battle between the FBI and Apple that raised questions of digital privacy versus national security.
The hackers had unlocked Farook's iPhone 5c using a previously undiscovered security flaw in Apple's software.