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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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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  2. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
  3. diddl14 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2009
  4. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    The government and government agencies love to waste money on stupid stuff.
  5. tonyr6 macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2011
    Brooklyn NY
    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.
  6. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    Waist of tax money IMO. But still shows fortune favors the brave!
  7. warrior2000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2015
    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.
  8. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    America is being swamped by debt and the FBI pay over a million dollars to unlock a ****ing phone?
  9. dkh587 macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2009
    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
  10. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
  11. griz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    New London, NH
    They probably paid a lot more than that in legal fees to threaten Apple.
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I am really shocked by this too, but then again it is the government.
  13. griz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    New London, NH
    So what's on the phone? As taxpayers, we paid for it, are we entitled to the information?
  14. Waxhead138 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2012
    Far cry from the original 15k that was theorized.
  15. gatortpk macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2003
    Melbourne, FL
    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.
  16. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Yep... I bet the hacker was all to pleased to hack this phone.. :D
  17. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
  18. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    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.
  19. WeemanWise macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    Sounds like hacking into iPhones for the government is a profitable business.
  20. bilibug macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2008
    Stockton NJ

    "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."
  21. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
  22. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    who the hell is actually surprised by this?
    Seriously, would not surprise me if it was 25M, the way our gov. spends.
  23. 69Mustang, Apr 21, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016

    69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    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.
  24. Gudi macrumors 68030


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    For $0.3m less NASA would have developed a ballpen that works in zero gravity! :cool:
  25. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    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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