FBI will likely not notify Apple about how it unlocked Syed Farook’s iPhone

On Monday, a federal law enforcement official said that the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will not likely notify tech giant Apple about the mechanism it used for unlocking the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

The FBI managed to unlock Farook’s iPhone by paying an amount of over $1.3 million to an ‘outside party,’ after Apple refused to comply with the agency’s demands for technical assistance from the company for gaining access to the data on the iPhone.

Against the backdrop of the mechanism used by the FBI in breaking into Farook’s iPhone, the federal law enforcement official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said that the agency will not notify Apple about the mechanism because no software vulnerability has been positively identified by the authorities to prompt a formal review by the government.

The official further elaborated that the iPhone-unlocking mechanism demonstrated to the…

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