You know how super-expensive restaurants don’t always put prices on their menus?
I’m not saying the FBI paid an enormous sum to access a phone used by one of the perpetrators of the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. But I am saying that the FBI just won a court battle for the right not to tell the public how much the job cost. According to the courts, the agency doesn’t have to mention the company it paid to unlock the phone, either.
The Associated Press, Vice, and USA Today went to court to try to pry the information out of the FBI, but a judge recently ruled that the firm’s name and the price paid are national security secrets and techniques exempted from Freedom of Information Act requests. Read more…
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Original Post: Court says the FBI doesn't have to reveal the cost of hacking the San Bernardino iPhone