FBI’s iPhone hack ended up costing an insane amount of money

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FBI‘s iPhone hack against the will of Apple was made to be one of the biggest tech stories of 2016. The American tech giant refused to develop a backdoor to its iOS in order to help uncover more info on San Bernardino shooter, which ended up costing the FBI a huge amount of money after asking hacking groups for help.

The iPhone 5c hack was nowhere close to being easy, and it was only made harder when Apple refused to help in any way to compromise its security, believing that it would be a violation of its users security. A hacking group by the name of Cellebrite then developed a tool to bypass iOS security, but after asking for $900,000 dollars according to US senator who disclosed the information for the first time to the Associated Press.

Despite not quite reaching the predicted $1.3 million mark, $900k is still pretty large sum of money to be paid on one device. The whole situation was brought to the front once more when Senator Feinstein spoke about the FBI’s bill during
a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, saying “I was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had to spend $900,000 to hack it open”.

FBi’s success in cracking the iOS open didn’t change the fact that Apple gained a big amount of respect from everyone for standing up to the security of its customers, something that the FBI paid dearly for.

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