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This article was published on April 27, 2016

FBI plans to use a loophole to keep iPhone hack a secret

FBI plans to use a loophole to keep iPhone hack a secret
Bryan Clark
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t plan to reveal its method for unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal.

After a congressional hearing, and an 11th hour cancellation from the FBI after finding a third party to unlock it, the world waited in anticipation for the FBI to divulge the method used for gaining access to the iPhone.

According to the Vulnerable Equities Process (VEP), the FBI would be required to report the vulnerability used to access Syed Farook’s iPhone. From there, a White House panel would decide whether the information should be released to Apple.

Instead, according to sources close to the matter, James Comey and co. plan to use a bit of a loophole in the VEP to avoid having to release any information.

Since the tool was purchased from a third-party, the the agency intends to notify the White House that its agents aren’t “familiar” with the workings of the tool, and are therefore unable to disclose the vulnerability.

Whether creative planning, or an outright lie, it doesn’t appear that the FBI is going to be sharing with us the method it used to hack the San Bernardino iPhone anytime soon.