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FBI paid over $1 million to unlock San Bernardino iPhone

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<p>The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (<span class="caps">FBI</span>) is estimated to have paid more than $1.3 million to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers</p> <p>The figure, the largest ever publicized fee for a hacking job, is based on the salary of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.</p> <p>Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the <span class="caps">FBI</span> paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.</p> <p>“A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure,” Comey said. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">FBI</span> paid more than $1 million for iPhone-cracking tool: <a href="https://t.co/ZfA6qyWjZD">https://t.co/ZfA6qyWjZD</a> <a href="https://t.co/YpMq36sdvj">https://t.co/YpMq36sdvj</a></p>— <span class="caps">TODAY</span> (@TODAYshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/723472530002976768">April 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“But it was, in my view, worth it.”</p> <p>According to figures from the <span class="caps">FBI</span> and the US Office of Management and Budget, Comey’s annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Without a raise or bonus, Comey will make $1.34 million over the remainder of his job.</p>

A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure.

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