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Wednesday April 13, 2016

FBI Paid Professional Hackers To Crack iPhone

The Washington Post is claiming that the FBI didn't commission an Israeli firm to unlock the infamous iPhone 5c as previously reported. Instead, this article says that the agency supposedly paid professional hackers a "one-time flat fee" to make a tool to crack the iPhone's security system.

The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the individuals said. The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government. They were paid a one-time flat fee for the solution.