FBI Paid Over $1m To Hack San Bernardino iPhone

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 6:06 AM

The director of the FBI reveals "somebody approached us from exterior of the government" to assistance access the phone of Syed Farook.

FBI Paid Over $1m To Hack San Bernardino iPhone

FBI director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1m to hack into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

At an Aspen Security Forum event in London, Mr Comey said the FBI had paid an unidentified third-party more money than he'll earn in his remaining seven years as FBI director.

His salary is $183.000 per year.

Mister Comey didn't give a precise no but said it was "more than I'll create in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure".

He added that he thought the payment was "worth it".

The Justice Dept latest mo revealed that an exterior entity had approached it with a method that could hack into the phone used by Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed fourteen people at a party in December latest year before dying in a shootout with police.

Apple, backed by other technology giants including Google and Facebook, was opposed to assisting the government in unlocking the phone on the grounds it'd have wide-reaching implications on digital security and privacy.

Mister Comey said the litigation in the case had inspired a "marketplace around the world" for people to crack into an Apple 5C running IOS nine, the phone Farook used.

"Somebody approached us from exterior of the government and said, 'We think we've arrive up with a solution.' And we certified and certified and certified it, and then we purchased it."

He acknowledged the fundamental principles in conflict in the case and said he was happy that, at minimum in this instance, a way exterior the Ct was found.

"Litigation isn't a grand space to resolve tough values questions that incriminate all kinds of things that all of us care about," he said.

"We've a problem where all of us share a set of values that are in conflict. We've to figure out how to resolve privacy and security on the Internet and on our devices with public safety."

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