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FBI Officials Want to Keep iPhone Hack Method Under Wraps

  • Administration panel would review whether to disclose it
  • `What do we know about the vulnerability?' FBI's Comey asks
Unboxing Apple Inc. iPhone 6s
Photographer: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg

FBI officials have recommended against conducting a review to determine whether the vulnerability that was used to hack into a dead terrorist’s iPhone should be disclosed to Apple Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

The recommendation has been submitted to FBI Director James Comey for a final decision, after which it will be conveyed to the White House, said the person, who asked not to be identified before Comey acts.