FBI Paid Extra Than $1 Million for iPhone-Cracking Device

The FBI paid greater than one million dollars for the software program answer that allowed brokers to open an iPhone utilized by one of many San Bernardino attackers, in accordance with a remark made by Director James Comey.

Requested Thursday at a safety convention in London how a lot the FBI paid for the device that cracked Syed Farook’s telephone and ended a California courtroom battle with Apple, Comey stated, "Lots, greater than I’ll make within the the rest of this job, which is seven years and 4 months, for positive."

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"Nevertheless it was for my part value it," Comey stated.


FBI Paid More Than $1 Million for iPhone-Cracking Tool

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The FBI director is paid about $one hundred eighty,000 a yr. So multiplying that by 7.three years yields a determine of about $1.three million. FBI officers weren’t instantly out there to verify the determine.

Apple and the FBI have been sure for a courtroom showdown over the iPhone in March, till the federal government stated that it had discovered a option to get knowledge off the system with out the corporate’s assist.

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Whereas the federal regulation enforcement company has remained principally mum about the way it received information off the iPhone 5C utilized by Farook — not even telling Apple the way it did it — Comey has let a number of particulars slip in current weeks. Earlier this month, he advised a crowd at Kenyon School that the FBI had "bought" the method from a nonetheless-unidentified third celebration.

Comey additionally stated that the device solely labored on a "slender slice of telephones."