FBI Paid Upwards of $1.3 Million to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

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    United States Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey today gave some hints on how much the agency paid to access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, suggesting a sum upwards of $1.3 million.

    According to Reuters, Comey said the FBI paid an amount exceeding what he will make in the next seven years and four months as director of the FBI. Comey's annual salary is at $183,300, and without raises or bonuses, will result in earnings of $1.34 million.

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    According to anonymous law enforcement officials, Farook's iPhone did not contain contacts or messages resulting in new leads in the investigation, but it did clarify that Farook did not make contact with a third-party following the attack, suggesting he and his wife did not have assistance from friends or family members.

    The FBI reportedly paid the sum in question to "professional hackers," at least one of which is a "gray hat" researcher that sells security flaws to governments, black market groups, and companies creating surveillance tools.

    The method used to gain entry to the iPhone 5c owned by Farook does not work on the iPhone 5s or newer, but the FBI can continue to use it to access iPhone 5c devices running iOS 9.

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    The government and government agencies love to waste money on stupid stuff.
     
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    When will these stupid story die already. At first I cared a bit but now it is just annoying. Have a separate page on Macrumors with all this FBI crap tired of seeing this as front page news.
     
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    Waist of tax money IMO. But still shows fortune favors the brave!
     
  7. warrior2000 macrumors 6502a

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    The head of the FBI only makes $183,000?

    I mean WTF. No wonder the FBI is so clueless. Any one with great talent will refuse to work for so little money to take such a dangerous and burdensome job.

    The head of the FBI should be raking in a couple million at least. That way they can get some talent in the building at least.
     
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    America is being swamped by debt and the FBI pay over a million dollars to unlock a ****ing phone?
     
  9. dkh587 macrumors regular

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    Surely you don't think the FBI and government care about money and how much they blow, do you?

    Our debt is all the proof that we need to see that Washington cares absolutely nothing about blowing money that we don't have on everything we don't need
     
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    They probably paid a lot more than that in legal fees to threaten Apple.
     
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    I am really shocked by this too, but then again it is the government.
     
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    So what's on the phone? As taxpayers, we paid for it, are we entitled to the information?
     
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    Far cry from the original 15k that was theorized.
     
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    Wow, and they only know how to break into iPhones with the A6 (and earlier) CPUs, only the 32 bit CPUs. Apple should point this out that the FBI still can't break into any newer iPhones that are properly locked (with this method). Most iPhones in use today are newer.
     
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    Yep... I bet the hacker was all to pleased to hack this phone.. :D
     
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    Does the absence of info on the device suggest, "...he and his wife did not have assistance from friends or family members?" No. The absence of information is not proof. It's just as likely that they understood they would implicate their helpers if they communicated with them by these means.

    I'm not saying they did have helpers. I believe that there are far fewer conspiracies than many people prefer to believe. People who hatch plots of this sort understand the dangers in confiding in too many people.
     
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    Sounds like hacking into iPhones for the government is a profitable business.
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States

    "Since 2001, the president has earned a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment."
     
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    who the hell is actually surprised by this?
    Seriously, would not surprise me if it was 25M, the way our gov. spends.
     
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    Not sure why this would surprise anyone. The presidents salary is $400K. Of course, there are perks and bonuses, but government service is not an occupation where people go to get rich.

    People in government jobs usually have a different motivation than money. Sometimes it's security of a steady job and benefits, genuine desire to serve the country, or access to unrestricted funds/info for malfeasance. And some.... some just want to contribute to the chaos... they just want to see the world burn (angrily standing in a mile long line while staring at TSA agent on a smoke break.)

    Any number of reasons really.
     
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    For $0.3m less NASA would have developed a ballpen that works in zero gravity! :cool:
     
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    Hussein has set a clear example that taxpayer money is to be spent freely in staggering amounts. Influenced by his hip hop friends like Jay-Z and Beyonce, Snoop and Suge, it's a ballers life for the prez.
     

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