AP, other media sue FBI for details on iPhone hacking tool
The Associated Press and two other news organizations sued the FBI on Friday to learn who the government paid and how much it spent to hack into an iPhone in its investigation into last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., massacre.
The lawsuit seeks records about the FBI’s contract with an unidentified vendor who provided a tool to unlock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people in December 2015.
Gannett and Vice Media LLC joined the complaint with the AP, seeking to learn more about the mysterious transaction that cut short a legal dispute in which the government sought to force Apple Inc. to unlock the phone. “Understanding the amount that the FBI deemed appropriate to spend on the tool, as well as the identity and reputation of the vendor, is essential for the public to provide effective oversight and help guard against potential improprieties,” the suit stated.