Three news organizations have joined forces to sue the FBI for information on how the agency get into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.
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The Associated Press, Vice Media, and USA Today said in a lawsuit they just filed that the FBI has no right to keep the technique it used to break into the iPhone hidden from public knowledge. They have cited the Freedom of Information Act that asks a court to force the FBI to release that information.
This follows a very negative faceoff the FBI had with Apple earlier in the year because the agency wanted Apple to assist in cracking the iPhone used by Farook. Apple won that battle and the FBI had to enlist a third party to hack into the phone.
So far, the FBI has declined to provide any details of how the phone was hacked, nor have they said who hacked it. In April, Director James Comey said that the hack came after a $1 million payment from the agency.
According to The Verge, the news organizations argued that the public has a right to know about who hacked the phones and that law enforcement has to be more transparent in its dealings.
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"The public interest in receiving this information is significant," the complaint reads.