The FBI won't say how its iPhone hack works

The agency claims to know so little about the method that publicly detailing it would be a waste of time.


The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI has declined to share details with Apple regarding the method with which it broke into the infamous San Bernardino iPhone -- namely because it doesn't really know how it was done either. The FBI and Apple have been publicly battling over this phone for months now, after the federal agency sought a court order (while leveraging a 227-year-old statute to do so) that would have compelled Apple to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's work phone.

The FBI has since dropped its suit after spending $1.3 million on that mysterious "third party solution" bypassing the iPhone 5's lock screen. Apple has since sought to have the FBI share the methodology behind the hack, which brings us to today's news in which the FBI basically issued the legal equivalent of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.