FBI paid over $1.three million to unlock San Bernardino iPhone

FBI paid over $1.3 million to unlock San Bernardino iPhone

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As we speak, FBI director James Comey famous that the price to the bureau to unlock the iPhone utilized by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook was greater than what he would make within the seven years and 4 months earlier than his retirement. Reuters busted out its calculators and decided that he would make $1.three million in his time left as head of the federal government company. So you understand, greater than that.

Whereas that looks like a ton of money to bypass the safety of a telephone, it is truly fairly on par with what exploit retailers may be be charging. In 2015, Zerodium provided a $1 million bounty for iOS 9 zero-day vulnerabilities.

The FBI is predicted to make use of extra third-social gathering companies to extract info from encrypted units. If it does, this type of payout will quickly turn into a daily prevalence.

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