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FBI Paid Hackers to Gain Access to iPhone


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Late last month, the FBI dropped its fight to force Apple to help it gain access to an iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists, but declined to reveal how it was able to access the phone. According to "people familiar with the matter," the FBI was able to gain access to the phone by paying professional hackers who were able to find an exploit. The FBI was then able to create a hardware device that would allow it to disable a feature that erases all data on an iPhone after 10 incorrect attempts to enter a four digit PIN. The exploit is said to only work on the iPhone 5C with iOS 9, which the FBI describes as a "narrow slice" of phones. The government has not decided if it will release details of the exploit to Apple and Apple has said it won't pursue legal action to force the government to do so. FBI Director James B. Comey described the thought process of the Bureau, stating "they’re going to fix it and then we’re back where we started from."

Source: The Washington Post



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