The price tag for help hacking into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters was a lot more than $1 million, based on a response FBI Director James Comey gave when discussing the visible encryption case.
At the Aspen community in London, interviewer Brooke Masters of the Financial Times asked Comey the bureau paid to get into the cellphone.
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The iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook didn’t contain any identities of suspected co-conspirators or overseas contacts that researchers believe may be related to the attacks, law enforcement sources previously told ABC News.
Comey’s response was indirect but the first major steer about how much the FBI paid to the unidentified third party who came forward to help unlock the phone he is given as the Justice Department waged a controversial legal battle with Apple.
“More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure,” Comey said.
The FBI director was sworn into office on Sept. 4, 2013. The FBI director, by law, is made for a 10-year term. In accordance with the FBI, director’s salary is set at approximately $183,000, which if multiplied by 7 years and 4 months comes to $1.342 million.
After their court case dropped the process to obtain the identity and the iPhone 5c are still unknown. Comey said previously this month the tool bought from a private party and used to get Syed Farook’s iPhone only works on a “narrow slice” of phones, such as the iPhone 5c running iOS 9.
Apple has been staunch in its position that creating a backdoor for government officials would sabotage the security of millions of users.
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