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FBI won't reveal method for cracking San Bernardino iPhone

FBI won't reveal method for cracking San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI intends to tell the White House this week that its understanding of how a third party hacked the iPhone of a shooter in San Bernardino, California, is so limited that there's no point in undertaking a government review of whether the tool should be shared with Apple, officials said.

The decision, said officials familiar with the discussion who spoke on the condition of anonymity, ends several weeks of internal debate by bureau lawyers and technical experts about the FBI's obligation to disclose the method.

Last month, the FBI paid more than $1 million for a tool to crack an iPhone used by one of the shooters in California. But the contract did not include rights to the...

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