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April 22, 2016

FBI Paid Hackers Over $1.3 Million to Hack iPhone

The iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters has been at the center of stand-off between the FBI and Apple in recent times. While Apple stuck to its no-backdoor policy, the FBI eventually recruited the help of grey-hat hackers to crack the iPhone. The cost for such a hack-job? Over $1.3 million. The highest ever publicly known fee for a hack.

In numbers researched by Reuters, it can now be confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid over $1.3 million to hackers in order to unlock the iPhone without triggering its auto-wipe security feature.

At a recent security forum in London, a moderator addressing Comey directly asked the director how much [...]

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