FBI Paid Hackers to Defeat Security of Shooter's iPhone


The FBI paid hackers to break onto the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, according to a Tuesday news report. The bureau obtained the services of gray hats, insiders said, and apparently did not get help from Cellebrite, as earlier reports had suggested. Gray hats are hackers who sell flaws to governments or companies that make surveillance tools. “The use of bad guys by the United States government, and in fact all governments, has been going on since the beginning of time,” remarked Philip Lieberman, CEO of Lieberman Software.

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