Professional hackers helped the FBI crack a shooter’s iPhone

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, reports The Washington Post, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the article adds. The FBI didn’t need the services of the Israeli firm Cellebrite, as previously believed, according to the Post. The U.S. government now has to decide whether to disclose the flaws to Apple.