FBI weighs whether to tell Apple about vulnerability
Posted: 11:47 AM, Apr 26, 2016
The Associated Press
<p>FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photos an iPhone is seen in Washington. The dispute over whether Apple must help the FBI hack into a terror suspect's iPhone is about to play out in a Southern California courtroom. The hearing Tuesday, March 22, in U.S. District Court in Riverside is the first in the battle that has seen Cook and FBI Director James Comey spar over issues of privacy and national security. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)</p>
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says the FBI is still studying the software vulnerability that allowed the agency, with third party help, to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California attackers.
He told an audience at a Georgetown University conference Tuesday that "we're really close to sorting that out." He said that work will inform the decision of whether the government reveals the vulnerability to Apple Inc.
A still-unidentified third party approached the FBI last month with a method that it said could open the locked iPhone 5C of Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the December attacks.
The method worked, but the FBI has not revealed what it entailed and has not said whether it will share it with Apple.
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