FBI keeps quiet on how it unlocked iPhone

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6 May, 2016

While the White House does have policy in place that says it must make known some cyber flaws that government agencies have managed to uncover, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has suggested that it will refrain from disclosing details regarding the vulnerability that allowed it to unlock a certain iPhone.

The device was involved with an ongoing investigation into a shooting incident in San Bernardino, California, in December last year.

According to sources who have a level of involvement with the issue, the FBI is refusing to offer Apple any details regarding the flaw, leaving the tech giant to figure out on its own as to what it might be. The agency does intend, however, to request that the White House undertake an internal review as to whether Apple should be informed of the particular law.

Amy Hess, FBI executive assistant director for science and technology, told TopTechNews.com through a spokesperson that the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) is a strict, uncompromising, process for inter-agency decision-making in flaw disclosure.

She added:

“We did not, however, purchase the rights to technical details about how the method functions, or the nature and extent of any vulnerability upon which the method may rely in order to operate. As a result, currently, we do not have enough technical information about any vulnerability that would permit any meaningful review under the VEP process.”

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