Last month the FBI dropped a historic case that was against Apple, the manufacturer of a phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI couldn’t break into the phone because if you input the wrong passcode 10 times, the phone will essentially self destruct all of the data inside. They wanted the courts to force Apple to make a backdoor into the iPhone that would allow law enforcement agencies to get into the device without destroying anything inside of it, however, Apple ardently refused, saying that creating a backdoor to the iPhone would endanger all iPhone users and go against their principles as a company. After fighting it out in court, it was revealed that the law the FBI was trying to use to make Apple crack the iPhone required that the FBI try all other options before making Apple do it. Luckily, they were able to find some hackers to do the job, but it came at a high price, apparently.
FBI director James Comey said that the amount paid to the hackers was more than he would make at the remainder of his job for the next 7 years and 4 months, before he retires. He makes about $183,000 per year, so that means that the federal government likely paid more than $1.2 million to these hackers for this back door hack into the iPhone. Unfortunately, that was a high price to pay for nothing because there was reportedly no information in the device. The other reason why this was a poor investment is because it only works on iPhone 5c, not the newer iPhones which include the iPhone 6, 6s or 6SE. Many fear that this hack could lead to a lack of security for other iPhone 5c users, though consumers are happy to know that Apple is on their side.
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