Sources say that the FBI paid less than $1 million for Farook iPhone 5c hack

Sources say that the FBI paid less than $1 million for Farook iPhone 5c hack
The story that never dies lives for at least another day with the latest news about the hack used by the FBI to break into the Apple iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook. A new report cites sources as saying that the FBI paid under $1 million for the hack, less than the $1.3 million indicated by FBI Director James Comey. The law enforcement agency was approached by a third-party that was able to unlock the handset the day before it was to face Apple in court. The FBI was demanding that Apple adhere to a court order demanding that it unlock the phone.

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.

source: Reuters

Related phones

iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

And will that $1M yield $1M worth of intel? Likely not.

14. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

This particular time, probably not. But since this was a one time payment for the unlock tool, it may yield over 1 million over several more phone unlocks against drug dealers and terrorists.

2. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

ISIS/ISIL had little to nothing to do with the San Bernardino attack. The terrorists were essentially a home-grown/grassroots effort. ISIS/ISIL benefits by being able to take credit, when the attack was more likely orchestrated by two people with no regard for human life and a lot of hate. They'll take credit for anything. My point is, the government spent an enormous amount of money to unlock a single phone belonging to a person who served a role of zero importance in the organization or did not even belong to it. And then the government has the audacity to cut education and infrastructure budgets because of their irresponsible spending.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ISIS surely love to take credit for any terorrism around the world, thats a free publication for them.. and this whole phone unlocking case, just want to show (to public) that goverment want to battle terrorism.. (if they really want to destroy ISIS, they should send gazillions of their troops, just like when they attack al-qaeda in irag and hunt down osama)

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

They paid around $99.

4. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Do you really think they don't know how to hack a phone? Really?

11. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

PA still covering FBI - Apple issue

12. leotrim

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Stop this JOKE ok go in youtube and i listen the edward snowden what he say about iphone hack. FBI paid nothing ?!

15. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

32 Bit Apple iPhones (4S, 5, 5C) have been hackable for years already and have been reported as such by the very company that the FBI worked with to hack it in the first place. In short. This is only news for the ignorant. And the entire case is FBI posturing itself for a power play to "Show the public" that OUR privacy is dangerous to ourselves. Which is a complete lie. Right now, Police and Feds behind closed doors call the period were living in right now "The Golden Age of Surveillance". It has never been easier for Police and governments to do their work. Period.

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