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FBI Bought Tool to Break Into IPhone Used in Terrorist Attack

  • Comey says he's confident seller will keep the method secret
  • `We've never seen a world' of full encryption, Comey says
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DOJ Drops Apple Case But Encryption Battle Continues

The Federal Bureau of Investigation paid for the tool it used to break into a dead terrorist’s iPhone and is considering whether to tell Apple Inc. how it was done, FBI Director James Comey said.

The U.S. dropped a legal case against Apple last month after it succeeded in accessing the data on an iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife carried out the deadly December attack in San Bernardino, California. Comey disclosed during a speech Wednesday at Kenyon College in Ohio that the FBI paid for the tool to break into the phone, although he didn’t provide further details.