December 2nd 2015, San Bernardino California USA
Two gunmen burst into a party from the local government where one of them actually works and in a shooting spray kill 14 and injure a further 22. In the man/woman hunt following the incident the attackers get shot and killed by the police.
During the investigation an pass-code protected iPhone 5C is recovered belonging to the San Bernardino local authorities which may or may not hold vital information.
This could have been just a headline out of any US-based news agency on any given day in any given year and nobody would have given it much thought several months later, certainly not the entire tech-sector.
So why is this case any different except for the label “terrorism” stuck to it?