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FBI Can Keep Details of iPhone Hack Secret: Judge

October 2, 2017


A federal judge ruled last week that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is not obligated to disclose the details of a hacking tool used to access data stored on an iPhone belonging to the man behind the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

USA Today, The Associated Press and Vice Media filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in an effort to find out who helped the law enforcement agency hack the iPhone and how much it cost. The FBI refused to provide the information and a judge has agreed with the agency.

The FBI has managed to convince United States District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan that it should not be forced to disclose the information due to national security concerns.

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