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This is the company that FBI paid to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone

When it comes to privacy and security of user data, Apple is really serious and careful. So much so that the company has had run-ins with law enforcement authorities over it. One such case took place in 2015 when after a shooting incident in the US the terrorists were arrested. The authorities found an iPhone 5C which belonged to the shooter and asked Apple to unlock it. Apple refused to do so and and even the courts were involved.
The FBI wanted Apple to unlock the phone but the company refused to do so. There was a lot of criticism of Apple and eventually the FBI paid a company to unlock the iPhone. A report by The Washington Post has now revealed the name of the company. The company in question is Azimuth that unlocked the iPhone for reportedly $900,000.
The name was revealed after Apple had sued a company called Corellium that creates online virtual iPhones for research hacks on iPhone.
Back then Apple CEO Tim Cook had told employees in a memo why Apple took that stance. In the memo, Cook wrote, “As individuals and as a company, we have no tolerance or sympathy for terrorists. When they commit unspeakable acts like the tragic attacks in San Bernardino, we work to help the authorities pursue justice for the victims. And that’s exactly what we did. Starting with iOS 8, we began encrypting data in a way that not even the iPhone itself can read without the user’s passcode, so if it is lost or stolen, our personal data, conversations, financial and health information are far more secure.”

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