Me­dia ask judge to or­der re­lease of iPhone records

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

WASH­ING­TON — The As­so­ci­ated Press and other news or­ga­ni­za­tions are ask­ing a judge to force the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­veal how much it paid for a tool to un­lock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shoot­ers.

The law­suit seeks records about the FBI’s con­tract with a third party for a tool that hacked into the smart­phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 peo­ple in De­cem­ber 2015.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment says the in­for­ma­tion could be ex­ploited by “hos­tile en­ti­ties” if re­leased.

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