FBI paid at least $1 million to hack into terrorist's iPhone, director says
WASHINGTON – The FBI paid more than $1 million to an unidentified third party to help agents unlock the iPhone of a terrorist involved in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., attacks, the bureau’s director, James B. Comey, said Thursday.
Speaking at a security forum in London, Comey elliptically referred to the cost of breaking into the iPhone as being more than the total he will earn in the remaining seven years of his 10-year term as the bureau’s director. Comey earns $183,000 a year. “We paid a lot,” Comey said. “But it was worth it.”