FBI Paid Hackers to Unlock San Bernardino iPhone

October 5, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

The FBI paid professional hackers to unlock the suspected San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone after a months-long unsuccessful attempt to force Apple to create decryption software, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The hackers reportedly discovered and alerted the bureau to at least one previously unknown security flaw in the phone’s software, which they then used to create hardware that helped the FBI crack the phone’s passcode.

Previous speculation on who would help the FBI in lieu of Apple had pointed to the Israeli security firm Cellebrite, but the bureau apparently turned to a different service in this case, the Post noted.

Reporter Ellen Nakashima writes:

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