Sources say that the FBI paid less than $1 million for Farook iPhone 5c hack
Director Comey, when originally asked how much the hack cost the FBI, replied, "more than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure." Using a dollar amount based on what is known about the FBI chief's salary, the figure came to $1.3 million. Today's report says that the actual amount paid was at least $300,000 less than that.
While the device used to unlock the iPhone 5c is being kept by the FBI, the agency has no idea how it works. As far as the identity of the hacker is concerned, it remains a highly guarded secret inside the FBI. Even the director has no knowledge of who delivered the hack.
As part of the deal made with the hacker, the Bureau is allowed to use the hack on any other iPhone 5c units that it wants to unlock, without having to pay an additional fee.