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FBI admits it paid $1.3m to hack into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

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The Guardian

The FBI paid about $1.3m for software to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook, director James Comey told a London audience on Thursday.

The staggering price illustrates the growth of the so-called “exploit market” for digital spy tools and cyber weapons as governments increasingly use hacker tricks for law enforcement and war. Prices for such software are rarely disclosed, although anything in the seven-figure range is extremely expensive.

Comey made the comments Thursday during an on-stage interview at the Aspen Security Forum in London.

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