Apple is unlikely to be hearing from the FBI anytime soon, at least when it comes to how it managed to break into the iPhone 5c of one of the San Bernardino attackers.
Sources told ABC News that the agency plans to urge the White House to reject doing an inter-agency review of the issue.
According to people “familiar with the matter,” the FBI actually does not have much technical information about how a group of professional hackers found a flaw in the device – despite the fact that the agency paid at least $1.3 million for the tool to bypass the encryption.
The sources said the specific information on how that tool was made is still owned by the third-party.
The security researchers — aka the hackers — whose services the government has apparently used before, were paid a one-time fee for their help. The experts in question reportedly specialize in finding software flaws.
The drama first began back in February when a judge ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI in the recovery of the phone’s data.
Apple CEO Tim Cook promised to fight the order, calling it “an overreach by the U.S. government.”
The drama ended — at least for now — at the end of March when the FBI withdrew its request, saying it had found a new way to access the data it needed.