News continues to emanate from the clash between Apple and the FBI over unlocking an iPhone 5C. The FBI coughed up a lot of dough to get into the device.
Even though the legal battle is over more and more interesting facts are coming to the surface. Yesterday, FBI director James Comey noted that the cost to the bureau to unlock the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook was more than what he would make in the seven years and four months before his retirement. Read: The FBI hasn‘t found anything on the cracked iPhone yet“¦
If that isn’t a challenge I don’t know what is! Reuters busted out its calculators and determined that he would make $1.3 million USD in his time left as head of the government agency. So extrapolating from that the government agency spent in excess of that amount. Whilst it seems like a lot of money just to get access to a phone that so far hasn’t revealed any evidence, it seems to be on par with what exploit merchants are charging. In 2015, Zerodium offered a $1 million bounty for iOS 9 zero-day vulnerabilities. Read: iPhone security flaw offers FBI access
If the FBI continues to make use of 3rd party firms to unlock encrypted devices, some tax payers might be questioning the extravagant spending.
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