FBI debates sharing iPhone hacking details with Apple

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photos an iPhone is seen in Washington. The dispute over whether Apple must help the FBI hack into a terror suspect's iPhone is about to play out in a Southern California courtroom. The hearing Tuesday, March 22, in U.S. District Court in Riverside is the first in the battle that has seen Cook and FBI Director James Comey spar over issues of privacy and national security. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says discussions are continuing about whether to share detail with Apple about how the bureau hacked an iPhone in a terrorism investigation.

Comey provided details on the case during a speech Wednesday evening at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Comey calls it a “technological corner case.” He says the tool only works on the iPhone 5C running version 9 of Apple’s mobile operating system.

He says the FBI purchased the tool from an “outside party” and is confident it will be protected and used lawfully and appropriately.

Last month, the Justice Department dropped its legal fight to compel Apple to provide access to the phone used by Syed Farook. Farook and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.

 

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