FBI Pays $1 million to ??? to Crack iPhone

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The Washington Post reported today that the FBI paid a one-time fee of $1 million to hackers to crack the San Bernardino shooter's phone. The article goes on to say that authorities have not revealed the identity of the hackers.

Hunh. According to a Los Angeles Times story previously mentioned on this blog, Israeli-firm Cellebrite is credited with cracking the now infamous phone.

Still, Israeli firm Cellebrite is said to have attempted and succeeded at defeating the device's security measures.

The company, whose technology is heavily used by law enforcement agencies worldwide to extract and analyze data from phones, declined to comment. The FBI has said only that an “outside party” presented a new idea Sunday night that will take about two weeks to verify. Apple officials said they aren't aware of the details.

At any case, $1 million to crack an old iPhone -- good work if you can get it.

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