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  • FBI paid under $1M for San Bernardino exploit

    Today, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation spent less than $1 million on an exploit used to access an iPhone which was caused by Farook Syed in last year's San Bernandino case.


    Reuters reported that there was a "one-time payment" which included a zero-day vulnerability which was capable of bypassing the iPhone 5C's passcode lockscreen which was running iOS 9. The iPhones 5c was used by the terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.





    Many reports have put estimated costs to the exploit used to more than $1.3 million which was based on a quote from FBI Director James Comey. Officials have not identified the contractor, and media reports read like speculation. Depending on the source, the party is either established security firm Cellebrite or a clandestine cadre of gray-hat hackers. Reuters stated that Comey doesn't know who his agency contracted for the job.

    The FBI will most likely keep their third party's identity a secret and will not submit the vulnerability for review under the Vulnerabilities Equities Process, which is a system that is designed to discover digital vulnerabilities. The agency claims it cannot provide technical details on the matter because legal rights to those techniques are still owned by the contractor.

    Apple has stated that it has no intention of filing suit against the government to force the hack's disclosure as the exploit likely has a short shelf life.

    What do you think of the FBI paying under $1 million to unlock a terror suspects iPhone 5c?
    [via Reuters]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone exploit started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Less than a million? Would that be nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents? What a deal for obtaining nothing useful!

      Since the FBI is now arguing that Apple should help them because they did in the past, will the FBI now pay them for an exploit since they paid for an exploit in the past?

      With iPhone sales now slumping, this could become a whole new revenue stream for Apple!
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I think they should tell us if they found anything usefull, I'm still thinking no
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      oh, so now it might be Celebrite. When a few weeks ago. You told me it wasn't.. My reply was disbelief that you actual thought your source was solid. And here we are.. lol.
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      oh, so now it might be Celebrite. When a few weeks ago. You told me it wasn't.. My reply was disbelief that you actual thought your source was solid. And here we are.. lol.
      Is this aimed towards me? Please link me as to what was said?

      I think the FBI used Celebrite in order to gain access or something similar to it anyway.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      oh, so now it might be Celebrite. When a few weeks ago. You told me it wasn't.. My reply was disbelief that you actual thought your source was solid. And here we are.. lol.
      Itís all speculation right now. Nobody wants to spit out hard facts.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Itís all speculation right now. Nobody wants to spit out hard facts.
      The problem is there aren't any hard facts. Our government is now run in secret. Secret spying. Secret pseudo-subpoenas with secret gag orders. And a secret court to rubber-stamp all the secrets.

      "We The People" has become nothing but a joke to them.

      I'm sure glad they're protecting us from the terrorists who would take away our rights and freedoms.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      The problem is there aren't any hard facts. Our government is now run in secret. Secret spying. Secret pseudo-subpoenas with secret gag orders. And a secret court to rubber-stamp all the secrets.

      "We The People" has become nothing but a joke to them.

      I'm sure glad they're protecting us from the terrorists who would take away our rights and freedoms.
      HA! Well said. We don't know that Apple didn't help them this time. News is like watching reality TV these days..scripted. The entire campaign could have just been part of the "show"

      If Apple has helped them in the past..why all of a sudden can they not help them with this one. Everything surrounding this story stinks.
      Just my 2 cents.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      Quote Originally Posted by Caiden Spencer View Post
      Is this aimed towards me? Please link me as to what was said?

      I think the FBI used Celebrite in order to gain access or something similar to it anyway.

      Here you go:

      http://modmyi.com/content/21791-appl...5c-hacked.html
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      The problem is there aren't any hard facts. Our government is now run in secret. Secret spying. Secret pseudo-subpoenas with secret gag orders. And a secret court to rubber-stamp all the secrets.

      "We The People" has become nothing but a joke to them.

      I'm sure glad they're protecting us from the terrorists who would take away our rights and freedoms.
      Well, "We the people" have a court order for Apple to comply.
      "I the Apple" refused "we the people" order, so "We the people" got a solution so to hell with "I the Apple".

      It is all Apple's own fault, if they did as court ordered they could have patched any holes they found soon after Terrorist phone was opened.