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FBI paid over $1 million to unlock San Bernardino iPhone


The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is estimated to have paid more than $1.3 million to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers

The figure, the largest ever publicized fee for a hacking job, is based on the salary of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.

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

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“But it was, in my view, worth it.”

According to figures from the FBI 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.

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