The FBI unlocked an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters in 2015 thanks to the help of an Australian cybersecurity company, a report says. Azimuth Security, a small infosec company based in Sydney, Australia, came up with the hacking solution for the FBI, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
It took two Azimuth hackers to break into the iPhone 5C, according to the report.
The FBI revealed in March 2016 that with the help of a third party, it wasused by one of the two San Bernardino shooters. , arguing that such software would weaken the encryption for all other iPhone users.
The, former bureau Director James Comey said in April 2016.
Three news organizations sued the bureau in late 2016 for information on, with the agency releasing 100 pages of heavily redacted documents in January 2017 in response. Those documents censored who the FBI hired to break into the phone.
Last year, the FBI again criticized Apple and said the company had slowed down a national security investigation byin an attack on Dec. 6, 2019, at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida that left three people dead.
Apple, Azimuth and the FBI didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.