FBI Paid Pro­fes­sional Hack­ers to Crack Cell

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Washi ng ton : T he Fed­era l Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) paid hack­ers to crack t he Sa n Ber na rd i no shooter’s iPhone. The FBI con­tacted hack­ers who found at least one pre­vi­ously un­known soft­ware flaw in the iPhone op­er­at­ing sys­tem, Efe news agency quoted sources as say­ing on Tues­day. The new in­for­ma­tion was used by the FBI to cre­ate a piece of hard­ware that al­lowed FBI to ac­cess the iPhone. The method al­lowed them to crack the four-digit per­sonal code with­out trig­ger­ing a se­cu­rity fea­ture used by Ap­ple that would have deleted all the data if in­cor­rect codes are en­tered more than 10 times. It has not been re­vealed how much the group of pro­fes­sional hack­ers, who reg­u­larly col­lab- orate with the US gov­ern­ment, were paid.

The FBI fi­nally ac­cessed the phone of Rizwan Fa­rook af­ter a long le­gal dis­pute as Ap­ple re­fused to pro­vide sup­port to FBI. Rizwan Fa­rook and his wife, Tash­feen Ma­lik, were re­spon­si­ble for killing 14 peo­ple in the San Bernardino shoot­ing in the US in De­cem­ber.

Ap­ple ear­lier said the gov­ern­ment’s de­mand to ac­cess the phone’s data was putting user’s pri­vacy at risk.

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