Wednesday 28 September 2016

Media sue FBI for details on iPhone hacking tool

Published 16/09/2016 | 15:51

News organisations have sued the FBI to learn about how it hacked into a locked iPhone
News organisations have sued the FBI to learn about how it hacked into a locked iPhone

Three news organisations have sued the FBI to learn who it paid and how much it spent to hack into a locked iPhone as part of a California terrorism investigation.

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The suit has been filed in federal court in Washington under the Freedom of Information Act.

It seeks details about the FBI's contract with the unidentified vendor, including the amount it paid for the tool to access the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The plaintiffs are The Associated Press, Gannett and Vice Media.

The complaint was filed months after the FBI rejected records requests from the news organizations.

The FBI in March said it had accessed the locked phone with the help of an unidentified third-party, but it did not reveal details.

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