FBI Tips Apple Inc. About A Flaw That iOS 9 Fixed Nine Months Ago

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FBI Tips Apple Inc. About A Flaw That iOS 9 Fixed Nine Months Ago
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Even though the FBI vs. Apple saga related to cracking into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter has ended, the US agency has tried to be a little helpful and cooperative. For the first time, the FBI told Apple about a security vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac on April 14 under a controversial White House process called the Vulnerability Equities Process. However, Apple has already fixed the vulnerability with the release of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan last year.

FBI tries to appear helpful and cooperative

The investigation agency had previously said it would not reveal how it hacked into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. There were reports that it had hired an Israeli security firm and paid a handsome $1.4 million to unlock the iPhone. The FBI told Reuters that the White House process under which it disclosed the vulnerability to Apple balances the needs of law enforcement agencies to hack into devices and the needs of manufacturers to fix those flaws before criminals could exploit them.

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