Court Says: FBI Doesn't Have To Disclose iPhone Hack Information

The FBI doesn't have to identify the company it contracted with to hack an iPhone used by one of the terrorists involved in the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, a federal judge ruled Saturday.

The iPhone was at the center of a legal back-and-forth between the government and Apple past year after the December 2015 attack that left 14 people dead. The government wanted Apple to write new software that would unlock the phone and make its data readable.

Apple refused the court order for months, warning that it would set a unsafe precedent in the trade-off between national security and user privacy.

However, in early 2016 the Federal Bureau of Investigation dropped the case, having found a third-party company that could crack into the iPhone without Apple's help, for the bargain price of $1.3 million (£900,000).

In September that year, three media organisations - the Associated Press, USA Today and Vice Media - sued the law-enforcement agency under the US Freedom of Information Act to try and force it to reveal the name of the company that succeeded in cracking the device and how much exactly it paid for the service.

The news organizations had argued that the "release of this information goes to the very heart of the Freedom of Information Act's objective, allowing the public to assess government activity - here, the decision to pay public funds to an outside entity in possession of a tool that can compromise the digital security of millions of Americans".

US District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the District of Columbia agreed with the government that naming the vendor could put the company and its tools susceptible to a "cyberattack". They also affirmed that the secret bug in the iPhone would leave the users in danger.

If the vendor is exposed, Judge Chutkan said, this could "hurt the FBI's future efforts to protect national security". "The FBI's conclusion that releasing the name of the vendor to the general public could put the vendor's systems, and thereby crucial information about the technology, at risk of incursion is a reasonable one". "Since release of this information might "reduce the effectiveness of a critical classified source and method", it is reasonable to expect that disclosure could endanger national security".

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